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15 New Products
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and Construction

CAM Launches
CAM Government
Affairs Committee
Interview with
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Indemnity Rights
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Lien, Bond and
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Thermal Imaging for
Energy Loss Detection

30 15 New Products for Interior Design

and Construction

14 CAM Successfully Launches
Construction Industry Roundtable Series
18 Government Affairs
Legislative Update
20 Senator Mike Kowall:
Making Business Happen


38 A Contemporary Barn Raising in

Brownstown Township
Re-inventing the Recreational Campus

22 Managing Your Companys Indemnity
Rights and Obligations
26 Time to Update and Conform
Construction Lien, Bond
and Trust Fund Statutes


Industry News
Safety Tool Kit
Marketing on the Level
People in Construction/Corporate News
Construction Calendar
Welcome New Members
Advertisers Index

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Matthew J. Austermann
Marci L. Christian
Gregg A. Montowski
Cathy A. Jones


Eric C. Steck
Amalio Corporation

Vice Chairman

Todd W. Hill
Ventcon, Inc.

Vice Chairman

Mary K. Marble
Marble Mechanical, LLC


Larry S. Brinker, Jr.


Kevin N. Koehler

The Brinker Group


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



William L. Borch, Jr.

Ironworkers Local Union 25

Gary Boyajian
Division 8 Solutions, Inc.

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
DMKING Consulting, LLC

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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Fourth Generation Family

Business Celebrates 100th
Madison Electric Company, one of Michigans
largest wholesale distributors of electrical,
automation, HVAC, PVF, plumbing, water
management and network communication
systems and components, is celebrating 100
years as a Michigan family-owned business.
In celebration of its centennial, Madison
Electric Company is committed to raising
$100,000 for local charities to show its
appreciation for the community that has
supported them in a century of success. The
charitable organizations include: Karmanos
Cancer Institute, Gleaners Food Bank, Detroit
Institute for Children, and Michigan Freedom
Center. In addition to the fundraising efforts
spearheaded by family executive leadership,
Madison associates will also participate in
planned fundraising events and volunteer
activities at the four selected charities throughout
the year.
Over the past century, Madison Electric
Company has grown from two men, operating
their business out of a small industrial building in
Detroit, to a multi-faceted corporation comprised
of eight locations, 150 employees and $80 million
in annual sales.
The company was founded in 1914 by
brothers Morris and Max Blumberg and has
remained under the leadership of their decedents
ever since. It enters its second century presided
over by Brett Schneider, great grandson of Morris
Blumberg, marking the fourth generation of
As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of
Madison Electric Company, wed like to thank
those who came before us and laid the strong
foundation where we stand today, said

Schneider, president of Madison Electric

Company. It remains our duty to fix our eyes to
the future to ensure just as strong a foundation
for the next generation.
milestones have been marked by the leaderships
future-focused approach to business. Examples of
this include opening branch locations to bring
products closer to contractors during the postWorld War II urban sprawl; forming the industrial
electronics division to provide interconnected
products, cable assemblies and production
computers during the turn of the century; and
investing early into automation, twenty years
before it reached the popularity it has gained today.
Every generation of leadership has made it

Katherine Banicki Honored

with ESDs 2014 Lifetime
Achievement Award
Katherine Banicki, FESD, president of
Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc., has
been awarded the 2014 Engineering Society
of Detroit (ESD) Lifetime Achievement Award.
Banicki was nominated in recognition of her
exemplary service and contributions to the
ESD and to the field of engineering. Her award
was presented at ESDs Annual Awards
Program held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at the Cobo Center in Detroit.
The Engineering Society of Detroit, founded in 1895, has been a leader
in promoting professions in both engineering and science and continues to
provide invaluable technical assistance to the greater Detroit area.
Banicki, alongside her husband, John Banicki, PE, FESD, founded
Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. in 1966. As a firm believer in

their goal to leave the company even better than

they found it, said Benjamin Rosenthal, chief
financial officer of Madison Electric Company. Its
this mentality that drives us to try new things,
invest in new technology and expand our
Representing the fourth generation of
leadership of Madison Electric Company are:
Brett Schneider, president; Brad Schneider, vice
president of operations; and Jordan Glass,
secretary/treasurer. The companys third
generation of family leaders include: Benjamin
Rosenthal, chief financial officer; Richard
Sonenklar, vice president and chief information
officer; Scott Leemaster, vice president and
general manager; and Jon Waitz, vice president.

community service, she is involved in numerous youth, civic, religious and

professional organizations along with her widespread philanthropic
endeavors. Throughout her tenure as TECs president, she has received
many awards and honors for her role as a community and industry leader.
She was most recently honored with ESDs Distinguished Service Award
and is a past recipient of ESDs Outstanding Leadership Award. Banicki
was honored by AIA Michigan as an Affiliate Member, accepted the
Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Presidents Citation,
and was honored by the Wayne State University College of Engineering with
the esteemed Socius Collegii Award. Banicki has remained a member of
ESD for more than a decade and can now add ESDs Lifetime Achievement
Award to her growing list of career accomplishments.
TEC, a small and woman-owned business, provides client support from
property acquisition through construction, renovation and restoration.
Expertise includes environmental assessment, consulting and training;
geotechnical and facilities engineering and consulting; construction materials
testing; and indoor air quality, asbestos, lead and mold management
services. Founded in 1966, TEC has offices in Troy, Ann Arbor and Detroit.
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Todd Sachse Named

Entrepreneur of the Year
by Ernst Young
Ernst Young (EY) recently announced that
Todd Sachse, of Sachse Construction,
Detroit, has received the EY Entrepreneur of
the Year 2014 Award in the diversified
category in the Michigan and Northwest Ohio
The award recognizes outstanding
entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence
and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial
performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and
For more information on Sachse Construction, please visit

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Eatons Cooper Lighting Business Announces

SOURCE Awards Call for Entries
Power management company Eaton has announced that its Cooper
Lighting Division is now accepting entries for the 38th Annual SOURCE
Awards national lighting design competition.
knowledge and function
of lighting as a primary
element in design, is
open to all lighting
designers, architects, engineers, professional designers and consultants
who use lighting and controls products from Eatons Cooper Lighting
business in interior or exterior design projects. Students currently enrolled
in any of these disciplines are also eligible to enter projects based on
conceptual lighting designs and will be judged in a separate student
Were always looking for the most creative and innovative use of stateof-the-art lighting products and techniques, said Mark Eubanks, president,
Eatons Cooper Lighting Division. This competition is a reflection of that
outlook with the call for entries going out to designers and students alike.
The awards ask participants to combine aesthetics, creativity and technical
performance to address specific lighting needs while meeting project
constraints and design concept goals.
Entries must be postmarked on or before January 30, 2015, and winners
will be announced in May 2015 at LIGHTFAIR International in New York City.
There will be no minimum or maximum number of awards given, as each
project will be judged on its own merit. Selected entries will earn the
distinction of Winner, Honorable Mention or Award of Recognition.
Judging for the 38th Annual SOURCE Awards competition will take place
in February 2015 by a professional, independent panel of lighting and
design professionals, as well as a representative from the SOURCE, Eatons
premier lighting education center. The student winner(s) will receive a
$1,500 award and professional winner(s) will receive $2,000. All winners
will receive a crystal trophy, local and national recognition, and an invitation
to attend a lighting seminar at the SOURCE, located in Peachtree City, GA.
The faculty adviser of the winning student(s) will also be invited to attend
the seminar.
To learn more about the competition, download a complete list of rules
or view past winners, visit
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eat illness can be deadly. Every year, thousands of workers become

sick from exposure to heat, and some even die. These illnesses and
deaths are preventable.

Who is affected? Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at

risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky
protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk
than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions. Young
children, older adults, people who are obese and people born with an
impaired ability to sweat are at high risk of heatstroke. Other risk factors
include dehydration, alcohol use, cardiovascular disease and certain
What is heat illness? The body normally cools itself by sweating. During
hot weather, especially with high humidity, sweating isnt enough. Body
temperature can rise to dangerous levels if precautions are not taken. Heat
illnesses range from heat rash and heat cramps to heat exhaustion and
heat stroke. Heat stroke can result in death and requires immediate
medical attention.
How can heat illness be prevented? Remember three simple words:
water, rest, shade. Drinking water often, taking breaks, and limiting time in
the heat can help prevent heat illness. Gradually build up to heavy work in
hot conditions. This helps you build tolerance to the heat or become
acclimated. Gradually increase workloads and allow more frequent breaks
during the first week of work. Also, its important to know and look out for
the symptoms of heat illness in yourself and others during hot weather. Plan
for an emergency and know what to do - acting quickly can save lives!
When do I call 911? If you observe the following signs of heat stroke,
consider it to be a life threatening emergency:
Rapid heartbeat
Rapid and shallow breathing
Cessation of sweating
Irritability, confusion or unconsciousness
Feeling dizzy or lightheaded
Fainting, which may be the first sign in older adults


AIA Michigan Design Awards Announced

The American Institute of Architects Michigan announced that nine buildings have
been singled out for design excellence and will receive their awards at its annual Design
Awards celebration on June 7, 2014 at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum in East
Lansing. Dozens of projects were entered in the competition and they were judged by
an esteemed jury from San Antonio, TX, chaired by Jim Poteet, FAIA.

The following is a list of the winning projects by category:

recogniTion awarDs
Gold Medal Award
Glen LeRoy, FAIA
Robert F. Hastings Award
Kirk Delzer, AIA
President's Award
Dan Pitera, FAIA

BuilDing awarDs

inTerior awarDs

Wayne County Community College District NW

Hamilton Anderson Associates

Zola Bistro
PLY Architecture

Balthazar Korab Award

Tyree Guyton, Heidelberg Project

M@dison Building
Neumann/Smith Architecture

Honorary Affiliate Award

Kent Anderson, PLA
Lou Anna K. Simon, President,
Michigan State University

Rockford Construction Office Complex

Integrated Architecture

unBuilT ProjecT awarD

Cranbrook Art Museum Collections Building

Liquid Planning Detroit

MAde Studio

Michigan State University Molecular Plant

Sciences Building

sTeel ProjecT awarD

Highland Community Hospital

Associate Member Award

Matthew Guinta, Associate AIA

low BuDgeT / small ProjecT


sTuDenT awarD

AIA Fellow
Celeste Allen Novak, FAIA

Historic Wing Lake Stone Schoolhouse

HopkinsBurns Design Studio

Adam Cook
University of Detroit Mercy

25 year awarDs



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Luckenbach/Ziegelman, PLLC
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Young Architect Award

Andrew Dunlap, AIA

Firm of the Year

Ghafari Associates
For more information about the AIA Michigan
Design Awards and the celebration held on June
7th, please visit

Guideline for Condition

Assessment of the Building
Envelope Published
The updated Guideline for Condition
Assessment of the Building Envelope ASCE/SEI
Standard 30-14 has been published. The intent
of this Standard is to provide a guideline and
methodology for assessing the condition and
performance of existing building envelope
systems and components and identifying
problematic and dysfunctional elements. It
applies equally to a buildings envelope or portion
whose primary purpose may be to serve as the
supporting structural system of the building.
Condition assessment of an existing building
envelope may be undertaken for a number of
purposes, including a performance report,
establishing building serviceability, planning for
maintenance or repair, code compliance, life
safety, durability and historic preservation.
The American Society of Civil Engineers
acknowledged the work of the Condition

Assessment of the Building Envelope Committee

of the Codes and Standards Activities Division of
the Structural Engineering Institute (SEI). This
group comprises individuals from many
backgrounds including consulting engineering,
research, construction industry, education,
government, design and private practice.
Serving on this Committee is Joseph F.
Neussendorfer, Aff.M.ASCE, ESD, president &
CEO of U.S. Construction Research in Livonia.
Neussendorfer is also a member of ASCEs
Construction Institute. He is a Licensed Builder
in Michigan, and, has served on several Michigan
Occupational Safety and Health Advisory
(MIOSHA) Committees, including Fire Safety and
Masonry Wall Bracing regulations.
Copies of the new ASCE-SEI Standard 30-14
may be ordered at:

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Ghafari is AIA
Michigan Firm of the
Ghafari Associates, Dearborn, is pleased to announce that it
has been named the 2014 Firm of the Year by the American
Institute of Architects (AIA) Michigan. Ghafari was presented with
the recognition at the annual AIA Michigan Honor Awards
celebration on June 7, 2014. The Firm of the Year Award
recognizes an organization of architects that has consistently
produced distinguished architecture for at least 10 years. The firm
must have great depth and breadth and be widely known for
quality work that is the product of a collaborative environment.
We are honored to be selected as Firm of the Year by AIA
Michigan. This recognition honors the hard work and talents of
not only our architects, but the firm as a whole, said Chairman
and Founder Yousif B. Ghafari.
Originally founded in 1982 as a four-person CADD operation
in Livonia, Ghafari Associates has developed into a full-service
architecture, engineering and consulting firm with nearly 400
employees worldwide. Ghafari has contributed to the architectural
profession over the past 32 years, providing programming,
planning, management and design services for projects ranging
from small renovations to new multi-facility complexes for clients
in the automotive, aviation, commercial, education, energy, food,
government / institutional, healthcare and industrial /
manufacturing markets.
Since its founding, Ghafari has developed a reputation for
innovation in its industry, rooted in an unwavering commitment
to client service and efficiency in project delivery. Whether it is
through the adoption of a new technology, design technique or
delivery method, the firm is guided by a drive to serve its clients
more effectively. This focus permeates all areas of its business,
incorporating its full array of facility and process design
capabilities combined with advanced technological tools,
sustainable practices and lean principles.

Is Inbound
Marketing Right for You?
By Chris Hippler, President, Capital Letters
Inbound marketing has revolutionized the field of marketing. Since 2006 it
has been the most effective marketing method for doing business online.
But how does inbound marketing differ from outbound marketing, and is
it right for you?

ouTBounD markeTing
In outbound marketing, an audience is engaged with outbound messaging and one-sided
conversations. Television commercials, print ads, radio spots, direct mailings and billboards
are examples of outbound marketing.
The strategy behind outbound marketing is simple: Hit the targeted audience with your
advertisement with enough frequency and they will eventually take your desired action.
Technology tends to make these techniques less
effective and more expensive. Caller ID blocks cold calls,
TiVo makes TV advertising less effective, spam filters
block mass e-mails, and tools like RSS are making print
and display advertising less effective. It's still possible to
get a message out via these channels, but it costs more.
Outbound marketing is an effective brand building
tactic but were no longer in the Mad Men-esque era
where companies could blast messages and push their
strategies onto consumers.

inBounD markeTing

Instead of driving
a message into
a crowd like a
inbound marketing
attracts qualified
customers like
a magnet.

Inbound marketing is marketing focused on getting

found by customers. The modern marketer needs to
focus on drawing in prospects by providing real value and
developing relationships.
By aligning the content you publish with your
customers interests, you attract inbound traffic that you can then convert over time.
The most successful inbound marketing campaigns have three key components:

Content - The core of any inbound marketing campaign. It is the information or tool that
attracts potential customers to your site or your business.

Call for Entries
The Decorative Concrete Council (DCC), a specialty council of
the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), St.
Louis, in partnership with Concrete Construction and Architect
magazines, announces its seventh annual Decorative Concrete
Awards. The competition is open to DCC members and nonmembers.
Entries are invited in the following categories: overlays, castin-place stamped and special finishes, stained, polished,
countertops, vertical application, concrete artistry, multiple
applications, and architectural concrete. With the exception of
countertops, two awards may be given in each category, for
projects 5,000 SF and less, and projects over 5,000 SF.
Submittals are judged on craftsmanship, aesthetics,
functionality and creativity.
The deadline for submittal is September 30, 2014. The
awards will be presented at the World of Concrete 2015. For
more information, or to receive a call for entries brochure go to or call 1-866-788-2722.
Visit us online at

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) - Makes it easier for potential customers to find your
content. It is the practice of building your site and having inbound links to your site to maximize
your ranking in search engines, where most of your customers begin their buying process.
Social Media - Amplifies the impact of your content. When your content is distributed across
and discussed on networks of personal relationships, it becomes more authentic and
nuanced, and is more likely to draw qualified customers to your site.

which is righT for you?

Marketing can get very complicate, so with our clients, I try to simplify it with a few fundamental
questions. Who are your clients? How can you reach them? What are their pain points?
If clients or prospects are searching online for your services, inbound marketing should be
part of your overall marketing strategy. Many of our CAM clients, though, use their website
to verify capabilities, or show their recent work. They are in the enviable positon of knowing
who their clients are, and for those clients, the cost and time of inbound marketing may not
be justified.
If your sales pipeline is thin or needs a boost, you might want to consider putting more
into outbound marketing. If your pipeline is doing okay right now, then considering putting
more towards inbound marketing.
Marketing on the Level is written specifically for CAM members and the commercial and industrial construction
industry. We are specialists at inbound marketing, outbound marketing and developing websites.
Contact Chris @ or (734) 353-9918 or visit


Thermal Imaging
for Energy Loss Detection
A Thermographic Survey Prevents Energy Loss
and Costly Downtime
By Keith Vosburgh,
President, Total Energy Solutions

ccording to insurance industry reports, electrical fires represent 40

percent of fire loss and 20 percent of large-scale fire incidents. These
types of accidents are commonly caused by loose connections,
weakening of isolations, obstructed cooling and mechanical damage. A
thermographic survey is a fast, cost-efficient way to perform preventive
maintenance on electrical systems that will prevent fires, downtime and waste
energy. If your building electrical equipment is old, you suspect it is running
hot, hasnt been properly maintained, or your electric bills seem unusually
high, consider a thermographic inspection to isolate potential problems.
Thermal Imaging - or Thermography - uses a specialized imaging system,
which detects surface radiated thermal energy (heat) and converts that energy
to a visible digital image for later viewing. A Thermal Imager or Thermal
Camera has many diagnostic applications in commercial and residential
electrical systems diagnostics, building envelope condition monitoring, low

slope roof leak moisture detection, HVACR condition monitoring and

diagnostics. This article focuses on commercial electrical system diagnostics
from both a safety and energy loss perspective.
Electrical distribution systems route the incoming grid power to the end
use point in commercial buildings using transformers, bus ducts, conduit and
hard-wired or outlet connections. Efficient usage of electrical energy by a
commercial facility requires high electrical connection integrity and proper
sizing of conductors, according to the National Electrical Code, to minimize
energy loss and subsequent heat generation.
Potential problems and failures of electrical devices such as electrical
centers, fuse boards, terminals, joints, electric motors, transformers and
electronic devices can be identified using a Thermal Imaging Camera. The
part or structural part of the electrical appliance with potential problems

Thermographic image (left) and corresponding visual image (right) of multiple potential electrical incidents in electrical control panel. Thermal
image identified areas of concern: Red arrow shows fuse clip heating from either loose connection or corrosion of Phase A (check soon); Green arrow
shows serious fuse clip heating from either loose connection or corrosion of Phase C (immediately service); Blue arrow shows wire/connector screw
clamp force low or corrosion, heat conducting up wire slightly (immediately service).

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radiates heat that can be identified easily. Based

on this information, the overheating and potential
cause of problems, interruptions or fire can be
detected. By performing regular imaging
inspections of electrical devices, electrical failures
can be identified before use is interrupted or a fire
is started.
The electrical system temperatures, related to
the applicable safety standards and ratings for the
components, must be checked on a regular basis
as connection integrity can degrade over time.
Commercial Electrical Systems should thus have

Using thermograpic
imaging is one more,
fast and cost effective
tool in your check list for
preventive maintenance.
at least annual electrical diagnostic inspections
according to the National Fire Protection
Association. Inspection protects the building
owners and occupants from risk of fire damage
and catastrophic losses related to explosions from
Electrical Arc Flash incidents.
Insurance statistics show that Thermal Imaging
inspection survey costs are a fraction of avoided
incident costs when performed proactively. When
second order incident effects and costs for
emergency shutdowns and business loss, and
expedited repair services and expedited repair part
deliveries are included, the cost ratio can be many
times higher than Thermal Imaging costs.
Most important is correct application of Thermal
Imaging and interpretation of results according to
defined industry standards and practices. The
qualification is training. Infraspection Institute Level
III, highest level, conforms to the level requirements
defined by the ASNT (ASNT = American Society
for Non-destructive Testing), the qualification
system of thermographic imaging personnel in
classes I, II, and III following similar principals to
those for X-ray and ultrasonic inspectors and other
NDT inspectors.
Using thermograpic imaging is one more, fast
and cost effective tool in your check list for
preventive maintenance.
About the author: Keith Vosburgh, president, Total
Energy Solutions, is an Infraspection Institute Level
III Certified Infrared Thermographer with seven
years experience in multiple applications of
Thermography. He has presented on Thermal
Imaging in commercial refrigeration systems, at
multiple Thermal Imaging conferences. He can be
reached at:
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Roundtable Series

he jobsite is the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. The project

is rebuilding the entire design and construction industry in
Michigan. This is no small task, but as famed 19th Century
architect Daniel Burnham once said, Make no little plans, for they
have no magic to stir peoples blood. Over 40 thought-leaders from every
sector of the industry embraced the challenge, convening at this elegant
boutique hotel for a series of historic roundtables conducted by the
Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). The goal: Change business
as usual and restore the vitality of one of Michigans major industries.
The roundtables are the brainchild of Amalio Corporation Vice President
and CAM Chairman Eric C. Steck. Inspired by Gov. Rick Snyders
turnaround of Michigan and Detroit Mayor Michael Duggans efforts to
revitalize the Motor City, Steck wants to bring the same transformative
energy to the construction industry. These leaders changed the status quo
and that is exactly what Steck believes needs to happen to create a healthy
construction industry.
Whether you are a republican or democrat, I believe both Snyder and
Duggan are trying to do what is right. I think we need to do what is right in
our industry, said Steck. The goal of the roundtables is to create an
industry beneficial to all disciplines, including owners, designers,
contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. We truly want to provide a winwin for everybody.
The ripple effect of this industry-wide regeneration will be a healthier state
economy. Owners will say, Michigan is where I want to build my
buildings, said Steck.
Steck provided the roundtable vision, and CAM, along with its
Government Affairs Committee and Steck himself as CAM chairman, made
it all happen. The three roundtables are being conducted over the course
of six months in 2014. The three different sessions are: Issue Identification,
Finding Common Ground and Developing Courses of Action and Positive

Roncelli, Inc. Director, CAM Director and Chairman of CAMs Government

Affairs Committee John A. Raimondo, PE, sums up the roundtables
purpose: The goals of the roundtable are to identify, agree on and
implement solutions to those issues that are most important to CAM
members, our industry and our owner-client constituents, meaning those
stakeholders or companies that support our businesses. For Raimondo,
the overarching goal is to help CAM members improve the way they deliver
services to their customers.
A strategy team formulated and implemented the roundtable plan. The
five members of the strategy team are Eric Steck; John Raimondo; CAM
President Kevin N. Koehler; Bruce M. Pregler, Facca, Richter & Pregler, PC,
PAC chairman of CAMs Government Affairs Committee and CAM
Construction Federal Credit Union director; and Matthew J. Gurwin, Doeren
Mayhew, roundtable moderator.

Round one: Issue IdentIfIcatIon

Held March 27, 2014, the first session asked a series of thoughtprovoking questions: What are the challenges facing the industry today?
What are the largest concerns that you and your business currently face?
What keeps you up at night? Ask over 40 passionate, articulate and
dedicated industry professionals a question and watch the ideas flow.
Burdensome retainage policies for subcontractors and obstacles blocking
delivery of accurate cost estimates to owners were among the concerns of
the assembled group of owners, architects, engineers, construction
managers, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.
CAM President Kevin Koehler offers a succinct summary of a
construction project viewed through the eyes of each stakeholder:
Owners: Owners want accuracy in cost model development. Cost
pressures, as well as schedule and safety performance, rank as number
one concerns among owners. Other concerns include the need to manage
and mitigate project and capital program risks, project funding, practices
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to improve quality and savings in project

execution and the availability of trade labor and
management to meet future demands.
misunderstanding of the Industry Standard of
Care, as well as errors and omissions policies.
The design community is also concerned about
having the proper amount of time and an
adequate design services fees to provide good
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smooth-running project without budgetary

surprises. Lack of adequate and comprehensive
project planning also makes the list.
Managers: Procurement practices are on the
top of the list for these stakeholders. Challenges
in this category include the low-bid mentality,
the need for qualification-based selection, tension
between value vs. price, cost escalation, slow
pay and the change order process. Other
concerns include workforce availability, contract
language, and identifying and securing profitable
work in a highly competitive market with thin
margins. The performance category shows
concern with subcontractor solvency and
stability, and in general doing more with less.
Subcontractors: Payment and retainage
issues rank as No. 1 for subcontractors. This
category includes slow pay, excessively high
retainage, extended retainage payment time with
retainage held to the end of the project rather
than upon the subcontractors completion of
work, and last minute back charges at contract
closeout. Other concerns include low margins,
prompt processing of change orders, unfavorable
contracts and incomplete and inaccurate
Sustainable margins keep
suppliers up at night, in addition to concerns with
pay when paid contracts, back charges,
unrealistic expectations and lead times that are

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too short to bid and deliver product. Suppliers

also want to be consulted in the design phase of
the project to alleviate unrealistic expectations.
Honest discussion is a step forward in
developing an intangible sense of trust and in
solving the industrys problems. The roundtable
is a wonderful opportunity to learn from others
and to find out the issues of greatest
importance to them, said Raimondo.
This improved understanding will help in
the development of effective solutions in
our industry.
The feedback from the roundtable has
been very positive.
One person
commented, This has been a long time
coming, said Raimondo.

common gRound


In between the two roundtables, CAM

used Survey Monkey to solicit feedback
on the top ten issues of importance to
each of the 40 participants. The issues
were grouped by stakeholder group; the
top five were selected for more intensive
review at the second roundtable.
Held June 5, 2014, over 98 percent of
participants returned eager to roll up their
collective sleeves. A few new faces even joined
this unprecedented industry initiative.
The coffee flowed and the work continued at
this second session devoted to prioritizing a
common list of concerns from the host of issues
raised at the first session. Four issues were
identified: forging a collaborative model for
accuracy in cost modeling and other concerns;
funding, including pay when paid, sustainable
growth, project funding and margins; contract
language; and workforce concerns. Safety also
is a top concern.
Steck briefly discusses a few of these
concerns. An aging workforce, lack of vocational
training in high schools, and a labor force lean
from the Great Recession, coupled with
companies still cautious about the economy and
reluctant to hire, have all combined to create
shortages in meeting the recent uptick in work.
Steck also cites another factor. Right now,
the margins are so tight that the rewards for
putting in your heart, soul and sweat are not there
anymore, he commented. Some people have
chosen to get out of the industry, and they also
have decided not to encourage their family
members and youngsters to get into the
Low margins and tight timeframes continue to
squeeze all disciplines. Profit is not a swear
word, declares Steck. We need a bit of money
to keep up with technology, the latest trends and
good equipment. The problem is not the
construction work; its everything around it. Its

the lack of support from the banking and bonding

companies and its the non-prompt pay. As a
foundation contractor, I am among the first ones
on the jobsite. There are projects on which we
are not going to get our retainage until the end of
the project two years later.

The goals are to identify, agree

on and implement solutions to

those issues that are most
important to CAM members, our
industry and our owner-client
constituents, meaning those
stakeholders or companies that
support our businesses.
John A. Raimondo, PE
Roncelli, Inc. Director, CAM Director and Chairman
of CAMs Government Affairs Committee

couRses of actIon and posItIve
CAM is now soliciting all participants for
solutions, ideas and options to bring to the last
official roundtable slated for October 16, 2014. It
promises to be another exciting exchange of
ideas from this dedicated group of thoughtleaders.
My hope for this session is that we as an
industry and as CAM members agree on and
develop the right solutions that not only
strengthen our industry, but also strengthen our
individual organizations competitive advantage,
said Raimondo, as well as strengthen the value
that CAM can deliver to our organizations as part
of the solution to todays construction industry
Participants will develop a course of action to
resolve concerns identified in the second
roundtable. Changing the culture of the industry
may be part of the solution, said Steck. We
may not totally change it, but we might adjust it
to be a more positive and less defensive culture.
Part of that is going to require good owners
who recognize the benefits of working
collaboratively with all project participants, said
Steck. It means taking the knowledge of all
project participants and using it to help provide a
good project.
As a testament to the success of this
approach, Amalio recently provided some valueengineering ideas with an owner upfront as a

concrete contractor during the post-bid review.

We provided some cost saving and schedule
improvement suggestions, said Steck. The
owner incorporated those changes right into the
documents. As a result, there were virtually no
extras, no changes, and no increased costs.
Quality work was performed and the schedule
was improved. That was for a 40,000square-foot addition. We then negotiated
a 225,000-square-foot, five-story building
with them in the same way. That project
showed the cooperation between the
owner, designer, general contractor, and
subcontractor with some input from
material suppliers.
Ultimately, roundtable participants hope
to translate some of the industrys
concerns into legislative action. I think the
goals are to implement solutions to the
issues identified within the roundtables,
said Raimondo, and as CAMs
Government Affairs Committee Chairman,
appropriately influence legislative issues
that are fully aligned with CAMs position,
as well as those positions or issues we
want to shape legislatively in order to
deliver an improved pro-business
environment for our CAM members.
In terms of tangible initiatives, we would love
to see some positive movement beginning in first
quarter 2015, particularly in terms of influencing
legislative issues to strengthen our industry, said
Raimondo. Also, with the elections coming, in
having a strong unified voice for the construction
industry in Michigan, we can support those
legislative officials who are sensitive to our

Beyond 2014
The third roundtable may not be the last step.
Steck suggests a series of smaller roundtable
committees composed of participants who want
to be on a solution-solving team for a particular
issue. CAM should sponsor a six-month or
quarterly business roundtable, suggests
Steck adds, I think what is important is that
when we fix these issues, everybody benefits. Its
a great industry, but we have to get back to what
it is all about. Its about building successful,
creative and wonderful projects with and for good
people that will provide opportunities and jobs for
our area.
Koehler offers his thoughts:
CAM is
dedicated to finding solutions on behalf of the
entire industry through educating, legislating and
advocating. Our intent in convening these
groundbreaking roundtables is to provide the
industry with a way forward.
For more information, please contact CAM
President Kevin Koehler, (248) 972-1101.

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Government Affairs
Legislative Update
By Jason Wadaga,
V.P. of Government Affairs,
Kindsvatter, Dalling & Associates

he Michigan Legislature spent the spring and early summer working

on some tough issues facing our state. In some cases they were
successful, like completing budgets, assisting the City of Detroit in
its bankruptcy, and increasing the states minimum wage. However, they
were still unable to come up with a comprehensive transportation funding

Road fundIng
The legislature made a strong push to pass a major transportation
funding overhaul prior to their summer adjournment, but were unable to
do so. While the Senate did pass some of the transportation funding bills
that came over from the House, they were mostly minor pieces and did
not generate near the $1.2 $2 billion that most suggest is needed to
properly fund Michigans road and bridge infrastructure.
The biggest point of contention right now is what plan is used to raise
a bulk of the money for the roads. Some legislators are opposed to or very
cautious about a large gas tax increase, or increase to vehicle registration
fees, while others would like to see some of the funding come from a tax
increase of a different kind. House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn
Hills) has also said that increased fees for overweight trucks must be part
of the final solution.
The House and Senate spent the final weeks of the spring debating
various funding plans including scraping the 19 cent per-gallon gas tax
and replacing it with a 6-7 percent tax on the wholesale price of fuel. This
plan would ensure that as the price of gasoline increases, so does the
revenue for infrastructure. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (RMonroe) also wants to see the tax linked to the rate of inflation to avoid
the current road funding crisis in the future.
After the realization that a major plan would not get done before the

summer break, the Senate and House adjourned and announced that a
Task Force will be assembled this summer that is bi-cameral and bipartisan to discuss a solution.

The legislature passed a $37.3 Billion General Budget and a $13.87
Billion School Aid budget in June that includes spending for the 2014-15
Fiscal Year.
Some of the features of the budgets are:
A 7.4 percent increase for revenue sharing to local communities in
A roughly 4 percent increase to the school aid funding.
$268.8 million to cover teacher retirement costs.
$50 million for film incentives.
$8 million for financially distressed cities, villages and townships.
A 0.4 percent increase to the Department of Corrections (DOC) budget.
This includes 20 new employees for prisoner education.
$94 million to the Budget Stabilization Fund (Michigans Rainy Day Fund).
100 new state troopers, 31 motor carrier operators, and 25 conservation
$5 million to fight invasive species and $1 million to promote increased
recycling in Michigan.

gRand BaRgaIn foR the cIty of detRoIt

In mid-June, Governor Snyder used the Globe Building in Detroit as the
location to sign into law what is being called The Grand Bargain. This
nine-bill package increases state funding to the City of Detroit in exchange
for increased oversight as a result of its bankruptcy.
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Included in the legislation were reforms such

as creating a Financial Review Commission to
oversee Detroits finances, adding a Chief
Financial Officer (CFO) for the city and requiring
revenue estimating conferences similar to those
of the legislature.
The bills also made changes to the citys
pension system. However, the biggest piece of
the package was a transfer of $194.8 million
dollars from the State of Michigans Budget
Stabilization Fund (Rainy Day Fund) to the City
of Detroits retirement systems.
The Governor used the Globe Building to
draw comparisons of the buildings comeback
and that of Detroits comeback with help from
this legislation.

mInImum wage IncRease

In late May, Governor Snyder signed
legislation to increase the minimum wage in
Michigan. The legislation will gradually increase
the wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018. The first
increase, to $8.15 an hour, would take effect in
September, then up to $8.50 at the beginning of
2016, $8.90 in 2017 and $9.25 in 2018.
Beginning in 2019, the increases to the wage
will be linked to the lesser of a rolling five-year
average boost in the Midwest consumer price
index, or a 3.5 percent increase.
An increase to the states minimum wage had
been a hotly debated issue after the group
Raise Michigan had been gathering signatures
to put an initiative on the ballot for the November
election that would have more drastically
increased the wage to $10.10 by 2017.

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Senator Mike Kowall:

Making Business Happen

uilding the world is all in a days work for the construction industry.
Leave it to a past president of a construction firm to take on the task
of helping to rebuild Michigans economy. Now chair of the Michigan
Senates Economic Development Committee, Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White
Lake Township, once managed Accurate Woodworking, Inc., the Kowall
family enterprise currently celebrating 60 years in business.
Kowalls economic acumen in the small business arena has earned him
an impressive accolade: the Small Business Association of Michigan
(SBAM) recently named Kowall Legislator of the Year. Sen. Kowall has
been a champion for small business during his years in both the state
House and state Senate, said SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler in a
SBAM press release. His excellent voting record on small business issues
demonstrates his willingness to fight for the success of Michigans
entrepreneurial economy. Over 350 small business owners and supporters
attended the award presentation during SBAMs 45th annual meeting on
June 19, 2014 in Lansing.

a constRuctIon colleague In the state senate

Kowalls deep roots in the construction industry offer Michigan
contractors a savvy senator who has lived the business. In fact, Kowall
entered the political arena because of two thorns in his own side as a
contractor and small business owner: the Michigan Business Tax (MBT)
and the lack of skilled trade education. Kowall made repeal of the tax his
top priority from the very beginning of his political career. Post-MBT repeal,
Kowall is now joining his colleagues and Gov. Snyder in promoting more
funding for skilled trade education. Kowall himself worked as a carpentry
apprentice in his youth.
Kowall encourages contractors to call and talk to their legislators about
their concerns. There are people in the Michigan Legislature who do
understand the construction industry, said Kowall, who is in the top ranks
of construction-oriented state senators. We are willing to work with them,
because we do know what a rough time the industry has had over the last
decade. We are very concerned about the loss of skilled labor. We are
very concerned about what we are going to do to reinstate the interest of
young people in the building trades.
Kowall encourages the industry to join forces in a trade association. In
joining a trade association, especially the Construction Association of
Michigan (CAM), you have the ability to interact with people in your industry
or people in similar industries, said Kowall. It gives you the ability to share
ideas and to speak in a unified voice to the Legislature.
Acting alone as an individual makes Kowall think of a saying from an old
Aesops fable. You can break one stick, but when you put a bunch of
sticks together you cant break them; that is how important CAM is to the
construction industry, said Kowall.

the mIdas touch In whIte lake

Contractors have a colleague in the state Senate who has spent a lifetime
working in a thick mix of politics, development, construction and business.
Kowall served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1998 to 2003
before globetrotting to China, Mexico and the Caribbean as a political liaison
for an assortment of construction companies. Returning stateside, he was
elected supervisor of White Lake Township. Kowall accelerated economic
development in his home community, ultimately delivering $100 million in
taxable value along the Townships own portion of the M-59 corridor in less
than four years.
Kowalls home stretch of M-59 soon was host to Meijer, Kohls, JCPenny
and an assortment of other developments, including several new subdivisions
and over 5.5 miles of new sewer and water lines. White Lake Townships
very own economic boom resulted in the generation of over 3,500 new jobs.
Consequently, White Lake weathered the Great Recession with money in the
bank and without any layoffs of police and fire personnel.
Witness Kowalls Midas touch in action: A shopping center developer
needed a local building permit. Because of a local ordinance, the building
permit could not be issued until several state permits were granted. At the
time, Michigan was in the middle of a government shutdown. What to do?
Kowall convened a special Township board meeting on a Friday afternoon.
After convincing the entire board, We overwhelmingly granted him his
building permit, said Kowall. He walked out the door Friday afternoon with
his permit, the foundations went in on Saturday and the retailer signed the
contract on Tuesday or Wednesday. That store is now No. 20 in the country
in profitability and it is No. 1 in womens apparel.
Cutting through red tape and streamlining the development process was
part of Kowalls recipe for economic development for White Lake Township.
Forget about bringing home the bacon. Think pan-seared scallops and
baked Michigan brie, for this approach brought the Root Restaurant to White
Lake Township. The Detroit Free Press named Root Restaurant of the Year
in 2012 and Hour magazine granted a Best Chef award in 2013.
The restaurant owner had approached another Oakland County
community, but the red tape and cost of a liquor license proved to be too
daunting. Kowall cut through the red tape, streamlining the process of
obtaining the liquor license and reducing its price to the amount it costs to
process the paperwork from the State of Michigan. Its about making
business happen, said Kowall. If you want a quality restaurant or business,
you cant be adversarial.

autonomous vehIcles: movIng mIchIgan foRwaRd

Elected to the state Senate in November 2010, Kowall is applying his
strong political skills to boost the economy of the entire State of Michigan.
Kowall worked with Gov. Rick Snyder for over a year to pass the Autonomous
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Vehicle Bill. The amazing abilities of autonomous vehicles include self-parking, car-to-car communication
for collision avoidance and self-stopping at red lights.
Autonomous vehicles will have in excess of a trillion dollar effect on the automotive industry here in
Michigan, said Kowall. It is going to do to the automotive industry what Henry Fords assembly did in
the past century.
The bipartisan legislation allows automakers to test autonomous vehicles on public roadways and
promotes what is called Wave technology, essentially Wi-Fi for cars. California, Nevada and Florida have
already approved autonomous vehicle testing, making Michigan the fourth state to enact such legislation.
As the main sponsor of this legislation, Kowall knows full well the importance of keeping this technology
in Michigan. Other states were coming to Michigan to get the technology out of the University of Michigan,
Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, said Kowall. Why should we let other states
come to Michigan and take the technology?
Keeping this technology in Michigan will dramatically boost the states economy and the construction
industry. New and expanding companies will fuel demand for the construction of new space and the
hiring of new personnel, said Kowall.
Kowall worked his magic to make it happen. We had extensive hearings on the bill, said Kowall. As
the main sponsor of the bill, I told Sen. Rebecca Warren, D-Ann Arbor, who describes herself as the most
liberal person in the Legislature, what I was doing and how this bill benefits the University of Michigan and
her community. She was the second person to sign. When people saw that a conservative republication
like myself and Rebecca Warren, a liberal democrat, were on board, everybody else signed on. The
legislation passed unanimously in the state Senate, and there was only one no vote in the state House.
The core difficulty was negotiating with automotive and software companies that were intent on protecting
their intellectual property.
Enhancing the penalties for the theft of scrap metal and blocking cash sales is another recent legislative
boost for the construction industry, said Kowall. Overall, the Michigan Legislature has improved the
construction and business climate by revamping the tax code and making changes in unemployment and
workers compensation. These changes have made it easier to do business in Michigan, said Kowall.
Getting rid of the MBT and just the simplification of business taxes have been a big deal for small

JumpstaRtIng mIchIgans economy

Kowall has a host of innovative strategies and plans to jumpstart Michigans economic engine. Kowall
wants to introduce the concept of pre-approved properties to Michigan, using Indianas program as a
template. Indiana compiles lists of pre-approved properties for commercial and industrial developments
from local units of government. I want to do that in Michigan, hopefully within the next four years,
said Kowall.
In this system, a European company, for example, can go online and find a building site meeting its
criteria. They can go online and find pre-approved sites in Michigan, said Kowall. They can find out
where the expressways are, if water and sewer is available, and other items. They will know all of that
information before they even put a site plan together.
Pre-approved sites would dramatically slash the time needed to develop a property. When you are
constructing a building it is not about tax incentives, credits or breaks its all about time, said Kowall.
Your main job is to get that building completed so your customer can get cash flow going.
Kowall has spoken to other senators and many agree that the Legislature should focus on preapproved properties. Bedroom communities that want to remain bedroom communities without any
further commercial and industrial development merely opt out of the program by not placing properties
on the list.
The pre-approved properties concept would work in concert with the county, said Kowall. I have
spoken to the Michigan Township Association, and they have agreed to work with us in that regard. It
still gives the local community control, but at the same time, it tells the world, we are either open for
business or we are not.
Currently, Kowall has passed Port Commission bills out of the state Senate; they currently reside in
the state House. Michigan has more shoreline than any other state other than Alaska, and weve never
had a unified Port Commission, said Kowall. The bills allow for bonding out of very large projects,
such as grain elevators, a new lock at the Soo, short-haul rail and other shoreline developments. A
Port Commission would aid improvements in Macomb Countys golden mile along Lake St. Clair, in
both Port Hurons and Saginaw Bays shipping facilities and along Detroits riverfront.
If re-elected, Kowall is aiming to be the state Senate majority floor leader. I will be the one in charge
of what bills are run, said Kowall. Today, Michigans construction industry has a strong ally and partner
in Mike Kowall. After a successful November election, the construction industry will have an even more
powerful ally in the state Senate.

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New Developments
in Southeast Michigan
Mike Kowall, R-White Lake Township, serves
Michigans 15th State Senate District, including the
townships of Commerce, Highland, Holly, Lyon,
Novi, Milford, Rose, West Bloomfield and White
Lake and the cities of Novi, Orchard Lake, South
Lyon, Walled Lake, Wixom and part of Northville.
He mentions some of the large developments in
these communities and in the rest of Southeast
The former Ford Wixom Plant will now host a
multi-million dollar development for General Trailer,
a company providing motorhomes, campers and
trailers. I was chasing them for a good six years,
said Kowall. In addition, a 100-acre commercial
site in his district is on the brink of being sold and
a major development launched in the near future.
A host of hospital projects is also on the boards,
including a potential expansion of up to $1.5 billion
proposed for the campus of the Henry Ford West
Bloomfield Hospital. The proposed expansion
may include a hotel, a rehabilitation center and a
healthcare research and development facility.
Other hospital projects include a complete geriatric
village for senior assisted living at Providence
Hospital in Novi; an expansion of McLaren Hospital
in Clarkston; and an assisted living facility for
veterans in Genesys Hospital that was once part
of his district. Every hospital is talking about
expansion, said Kowall. St. Joseph Mercy
Hospital held an open house for its new 300,000square-foot South Tower in Pontiac in late April
Kowall is looking forward to new developments
in Detroit, including two new condo high-rise
projects on the riverfront east of downtown Detroit.
The new Events Center - the new Red Wings
arena just the arena and the infrastructure is 500
million, said an enthused Kowall. That whole
area will become developed with high-end
housing, shops and other entertainment venues.
In addition, the M-1 Rail will really make
development explode. Clearly, Detroit and its
northern neighbor are primed for an exciting array
of design and construction opportunities.


Managing Your
Companys Indemnity
Rights and Obligations
By Noreen L. Slank

hen it comes to indemnity contracts, its like Dodgers pitcher

Elwin Preacher Roe said when he was yanked from the game
in the second inning: Sometimes you eat the bear and
sometimes it eats you. There are some things an indemnity-alert company
can do to increase the odds of eating that bear.
The story of what Michigans Supreme Court recently called the troubled
natatorium roof at the Sherman Lakes YMCA is a poster child for whats
wrong with indemnity lawsuits. Theres too much of it and it lasts too long.
The project completed in 1999. The youngest swimmers then are now
nearly old enough to be lifeguards. But the indemnity lawsuit over the pesky
natatorium moisture problem continues.
There are already four appellate opinions in the case. The attorney fees
incurred must be astounding. The hours that construction companies spent
in service to such a lawsuit must be equally astounding. And the most
recent opinion isnt even the end of the story. After finding for the general
contractor, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the trial judge to
decide if it should recover attorney fees.
There are steps companies can take to help avoid such litigation. And
there are strategies for making life in such lawsuits less hazardous to a
companys health and bottom line.
A few points to set the table. There are four main strategies for companies
to manage the risk of death-by-lawsuit: (1) Do good work and do it safely;
(2) Have adequate comprehensive general liability insurance, E &O, and
excess insurance, including for breach of indemnity contract claims; (3)
Carefully monitor indemnity contracts; and (4) Demand, or fulfill, contracts
requiring additional insured coverage.
On the do good work point, take your own and your industrys BestPractices advice. Be generous in advising your fellows. Safety seminars like
the ones CAM offers are valuable.
On maintaining proper insurance, heres the bare bones. If all your
insurance ducks are in a row, when you agree to indemnify someone, in a
written contract signed before a loss happens, you will have insurance
coverage up to your policy limits. The claim wont be excluded by the
contractual exclusion in your policy because the contract will be an insured
contract and the contractual exclusion has an exception for that. There
are some fine points that can change this. But basically your insurer will
understand it owes you a defense and coverage when youre sued for
breach of an indemnity contract. In the lingo of the industry, you will have
contractual coverage. Dont ever buy a policy that excludes such

coverage. The premiums are lower for a good reason: you wont be buying
what you need.
On additional-insured issues, most CGL policies now include
endorsements that expand coverage to anyone you agree to add as
additional insureds. Thats what your insurance agent should be supplying
you with. Its unlikely youll need to add additional insureds to your policy,
one by one, as in the olden days.
But there are many, many versions of these so-called blanket or
automatic additional-insured endorsements. And a number of them arent
very blanket or in any way automatic. They can have a completedoperations exclusion. Or a sole-negligence exclusion. There are many other
variants. Purchase the broadest form of this endorsement you can. And
sometimes you will need to add an endorsement for a specified additional
insured if the contract youve signed requires a particular ISO (Insurance
Services Organization) version of the endorsement.
You are being asked to supply certificates of insurance. Youre asking
for them too. And insurance agents supply them and type in that someone
is an additional insured on some policy for a particular job. Thats nice. But
it doesnt make it so.
Every certificate of insurance, in bold capital letters in the top right-hand
corner of that ACORD form that agents use, says that it doesnt change
the insurance afforded under any policy. To meet your additional-insured
contractual obligations, and to avoid a lawsuit (for which you will not have
insurance coverage) over whether you breached your contract to provide
additional-insured coverage, your policys additional-insured endorsement
must match what you agreed to provide.
Admittedly, this has been a lot of table-setting. But indemnity contracts
are just one of the industrys risk-shifting devices. We like belts, suspenders,
and an extra set of trousers. And sometimes our precautions dont play
nice together.

heRe aRe some pRactIcal tIps fRom 35 yeaRs of

IndemnIty lawyeRIng.
Do what you can to make all your indemnity promises end
up in one contract term. More indemnity contract language
is usually worse, not better.
If youre the bear, theres no broader term than any and all. Combining
such broad words with phrases like allegedly arising out of the
performance of your work makes for strong risk-shifting. Thats what the
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is a poster child for
whats wrong with
indemnity lawsuits.
Theres too much of it
and it lasts too long.

bear wants. But once you add in a limp

or even an overly specific indemnity
clause, you create room for argument
about what language controls. And if you
inadvertently also manage to sign a
contract where you agree to indemnify
the party that agreed to indemnify you (it
happens), thats not a recipe for an
uncomplicated lawsuit.
If youre on the uncomfortable end of
an indemnity agreement, watch for stepover/step-through clauses that more or
less say you agree to assume all the
indemnity obligations that Ive agreed to
assume toward others. Such clauses are
almost never written so clearly, though. If
you arent in the cat-bird seat, you
probably wont be able to control how the contract reads. But you might
be able to add language the gist of which is the indemnity obligations and
rights that govern [me] are set forth in this subcontract and no place else.
Such language may pass muster. At least make the bear say no. You may
be able to influence who gets to sue you for breach of indemnity obligations
when everyone tenders its defense to you and your insurer politely tells
them all to pound sand.

Deftly manage your business risk.

An important business source may be

sued by someone and then demand you
defend them and agree to pay any
judgment. It wants you to say yes.
Maybe you want to say yes even if you
didnt do anything that caused the
lawsuit. But the decision about how to
respond to tender typically isnt yours to
make. Usually its your insurers call. You
must be hesitant to squawk because your
insurer is entitled to have you cooperate
in your defense. And non-cooperation
jeopardizes your insurance coverage.
Its not an easy road. If youre the bear,
dont be a bully. You have your own
insurance policy. Your lawyer is typically
insurer-assigned and you dont have to pay (or dont pay much) for your
defense. Let the lawsuit unfold the way your insurer wants. Dont let the
lawsuit encourage you to cut off a valued, skilled construction partner. If
your indemnity lawsuit turns out to be something like the natatorium
nightmare, the reality is that its your subcontractors insurer driving the
litigation bus. And your own insurer is fueling it.
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your insurer and you cant make it do what you want. Invite them to try and
dont get in their way. If you decide that the threat to the business
relationship is real, have your personally retained lawyer write to your insurer.
The letter must do absolutely nothing to jeopardize your defenses to the
indemnity lawsuit because you are going to also send this letter to the bear.
The letter should recite all the
editorializing. It should point out that you
know your insurer will zealously defend
you against the claim. But if a court
rejects your argument, any settlement or
judgment will shift to you and then to
your insurer, along with all the costs of
your adversarys defense to the principal
claim. If the indemnity contract says
youll have to pay attorney fees for your
adversary prosecuting its indemnity
case, this would be a good time to point out that contract language (without
agreeing to its effect). Ask your insurer to seriously reconsider your
adversarys tender.
And if your adversary is also an additional insured under your insurance
policy, now would be a good time to point out where, in your subcontract,
such language appears. Because sometimes the bear or its insurer is so
busy growling, it doesnt make the duality of its relationship to your insurer
clear when it tenders.
If the business risk is high, have your lawyer write a second letter to your

insurer. That one shouldnt be sent to your adversary. It can be doom &
gloom, in all the specific ways lawyers will explain, dwelling on why youre
going to be toast as far as the indemnity lawsuit is concerned. It should try
to persuade your insurer to assume your adversarys defense because thats
what the subcontract calls for and because thats what is in your insurers
best interest.
If your insurer awaits the end of
the indemnity lawsuit, it will pay an
indemnity judgment that includes your
adversarys attorney fees and it will also
incur the expense of defending you. Dont
have your lawyer overdo it, but when
insurers dont defend who theyre
supposed to and it hurts their insured that
could be bad faith. There could be
consequential damages because your
adversary will withhold future business if
this isnt resolved the way it should be.

Storage is cheap.
Lawsuits are expensive.
Keep all the
contracts you sign.

Preserve any contracts you sign that have indemnity or

additional insured terms.
One almost-good excuse once emerged for a client not having a copy
of its indemnity contract: Hurricane Katrina.
Keep all your contracts, jobsite by jobsite. In Michigan, you can sue or
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probably when a tender of defense is refused.

But a breach doesnt happen the day an injury
happens. So indemnity lawsuits can legitimately
take many years to get started.
Storage is cheap. Lawsuits are expensive. Keep
all the contracts you sign.

Indemnity contracts should be signed

before an injury or loss happens, not

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Occasionally, work begins before contracts are

signed. If youre the bear, dont let that happen.
It is no part of good.
If youre the lunch, once theres blood on the
pavement or the natatorium roof is already
leaking it is a terrible time to be signing indemnity
contracts. Your insurer might decide it defeats
your contractual coverage. It might be wrong
about that. But in high-stakes litigation, adding
that issue into the mix isnt wise.
If youre asked to sign a contract after the loss,
quickly let your insurer know about the demand.
Then you will honestly be able to tell your
adversary that your insurer directed that you cant
sign the contract now because otherwise you
wont have any insurance coverage for their

Promptly tell your insurer about

losses or injuries that might activate
your indemnity obligations.
Prompt notice of lawsuits or potential claims
helps keep your insurer satisfied. Thats
important. If late notice prejudices your defense,
your insurance coverage will be jeopardized. And
some insurers might have an exaggerated sense
of what prejudice is.
Promptly tell your insurer about claims and
potential claims. Dont try to manage the claim
in-house. Be especially careful when answering
questions about such matters in insurance
applications and renewal applications. It might
increase your premiums to allow candor to help
manage your risk. But the risk of having no
insurance because an insurer successfully argues
your notice was late or your application was false
could be the biggest risk of all.

Listen to Preacher Roe.

Companies use a variety of strategies to alertly
manage their lawsuit risk, including indemnity
contracts. Preacher Roe attributed his baseball
longevity to clean living and spitballs. Think that
way about risk management: live clean but get
ready for the spitballs.
About the author: Noreen Slank heads the
appellate department at the law firm of Collins,
Einhorn, Farrell and Ulanoff, in Southfield. Her law
practice includes insurance coverage, indemnity
and personal injury litigation.

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Time to Update and

Conform Construction
Lien, Bond and Trust
Fund Statutes
By Gary Quesada

usiness is more efficient when the participant actors can easily

navigate industry rules and regulations, and when risks are
identifiable, predictable and manageable. Construction is a risky
business for many reasons, including the nature of the transaction and
magnitude of the investment. Parties are generally required to provide an
improvement to real property first, and receive payment second, often
waiting for payment to flow down from an upstream source. The
inherently risky nature of construction is made even more perilous when
parties who receive the benefit of the improvements fail to pay for value
received, or worse, the parties that receive payment intended for the
improvements divert those funds to other uses, leaving the parties who
provided labor and materials uncompensated.
Over the years, legislation has been enacted in Michigan and other states
to protect contractors, subcontractors, laborers, material-men, and owners
from poor and/or treacherous practices in the industry, and to make working
in the design and construction industry a more predictable and secure
venture. While we are busy re-inventing Michigan, the time has come to
update this set of Michigan statutes. The statutes at issue are known as:
the Construction Lien Act, MCL 570.1101 et. seq. (Lien Act); Contractors
Bond for Public Buildings or Works Act, MCL 129.201 et. seq. (Bond Act);
and the Building Contract Fund Act, MCL 570.151 et. seq. (Trust Fund
Act). Each statute plays an important role in securing payment for
providers of construction goods and services, and protecting owners from
Although drafted and enacted separately, these three statutes are
interrelated in advancing the policies that underlie them. Together, the
statutes provide that payment duly earned for improvements to real
property be secured, and those who would divert funds meant to pay for
improvements be personally responsible. The reforms proposed here would
not change the intent of these statutes, for the original intent remains
relevant and even essential to the industry. Rather, reform is needed to
fulfill the intent more fully and effectively in todays marketplace. Because
the statutes were drafted separately and the case law evolved
independently, the interrelation today is imperfect and incomplete. To many
industry participants the application of these laws is unnecessarily dissimilar,
complicated, and even perplexing. Making these beneficial rights less
confusing and more accessible should be part of re-inventing a more
construction-friendly Michigan.
The proposed reforms are intended to fill gaps left open, homogenize
procedures, and advance the same underlying public policies throughout
the statues. These proposals are designed to maintain fairness to all


industry participants who are affected by the flow of money (or lack thereof)
during the process of a construction project. Below are some illustrative
examples of the proposed reforms.

codIfy case law decIsIons

Courts must apply statutory directives from the Legislature during
litigation, and when cases are published at the appeal court level, the
statutory interpretations in this case law becomes binding precedent.
Business people then rely on that legal precedent for planning and risk
The simplest aspect of the proposed reforms is to codify some of the
legal precedent that currently exists. Because case law is court-made, a
subsequent court can (and sometimes does) find reason to overturn
previous decisions. The benefit of codification is to fix the law in its current
One proposed reform is to codify Pi-Con v. AJ Anderson, 458 N.W.2d
639; 435 Mich. 375 (1990), which protects sureties and bonded contractors
by requiring that written notice from claimants is actually received before a
claimants bond rights are perfected. The Pi-Con rule has become even
more practical with todays technology, because a claimant can easily track
certified mail with the click of a mouse, and re-send if the notice fails to
reach its destination.
Another codification relates to the Trust Fund Act, which is a penal
statute, and doesnt expressly provide a right of action for civil damages.
In Farnell v Monahan, 141 N.W.2d 58; 377 Mich. 552 (1966), the court held
that a civil action may be maintained when the duties imposed by the
statute are not fulfilled. Farnell has been followed ever since and this
decision should be codified, along with a clarification that in a civil action,
the burden of proof is upon the trustee to demonstrate compliance with his
fiduciary duties.

claRIfy undeteRmIned Issues

Historically architects, engineers or surveyors have worked directly for
owners, and the Bond Act does not reference these parties. Although it is
generally assumed a designer or professional surveyor properly situated as
a claimant in a design-build delivery method is entitled to make a bond
claim, this is only an assumption unless and until a court interprets the
statute in an appropriate case. Therefore the statute should be updated to
expressly protect designers and professional surveyors in these
The same reform is needed for the Trust Fund Act, which makes no
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express reference to architects, engineers

or surveyors. Clearly the policy underlying
the Trust Fund Act applies equally to
designers and surveyors providing services
in a design-build delivery method.

pRoceduRes and elImInate
tRIp wIRes

The inherently risky nature of

construction is made even more
perilous when parties who receive
the benefit of the improvements fail
to pay for value received, or worse,
the parties that receive payment
intended for the improvements divert
those funds to other uses, leaving
the parties who provided labor and
materials uncompensated.

The purpose of notices under the Lien

and Bond Acts is to give parties the
opportunity to protect themselves, once
they are notified. Once a bonded party or
owner knows of a potential claimant,
protective measures can be undertaken. PiCon requires actual receipt of notice by the
bonded contractor. The Lien Act is vague
on whether the owner must receive actual notice, so the statute should be
amended to apply the Pi-Con rule to both Bond and Lien claims.
While the Bond Act under Pi-Con fairly protects bonded parties, it
includes a severe risk for subcontractor and supplier claimants. A first
notice must be provided to the bonded contractor within 30 days of the
first provisions of labor or materials. If a subcontractor or supplier does not
achieve actual notice within the 30 day period, the claim is completely
barred. This rule creates a trip wire for unwary claimants.
In contrast, the Lien Act requires that a notice of furnishing from a
subcontractor or supplier must be provided to the owner within 20 days

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after first furnishing of labor or materials.

First, the function of the bond and lien
notice provisions is similar and the time
periods are unnecessarily dissimilar and
confusing. To avoid confusion, both the
first notice and notice of furnishing
periods should be made identical at 30
days. Second, the Lien Act is more fair and
reasonable, and does not constitute a trap
for the unwary. Rather, under the Lien Act
if a potential claimant failed to provide
notice of furnishing within the initial
designated period, notice may still be
provided thereafter. Although a late-filed
notice of furnishing may not cover all labor
or materials provided (depending on the
parties compliance with other provisions of
the Act), this rule reflects a more fair and reasonable procedure, and the
principle should be applied in both the Bond and Lien contexts. Claimants
under both statutes should enjoy the same protections and procedures.

standaRdIze use
waIveRs of lIen





Sworn statements and waivers of lien are provided for in the Lien Act,
and serve the important functions of providing information and assuring
protection from liens for private owners. The Bond Act does not include
these instruments. However in practice, public owners often adopt the


procedures from the Lien Act by requiring sworn
statements and lien waivers, and the parties
proceed as if the function is the same as under
the Lien Act. The Bond Act should be updated
to include the use of sworn statements and
waivers of lien, so there is no question the effect
of these documents will be consistent with the
Lien Act.

fIll the gaps

The Trust Fund Act protects those who provide
labor or materials for improvements to real
property. However, rental equipment suppliers
that contribute significantly to property
improvements are not expressly covered Under
the Act. As a result, the court in KMH Equipment
Co. v. Rogers, 305 N.W.2d 266; 104 Mich. 563

(1981) held that the Trust Fund Act does not

apply to equipment suppliers. This gap needs to
be filled, and equipment suppliers need to be
expressly covered. Further, when the statutes
were written there were no construction
managers as we know today. Construction
managers should be added to the parties listed
in the statutes, as appropriate.

complete the statutoRy scheme

Currently, the Trust Fund Act is only applicable
to private projects. One of the most important
reforms proposed is that the Trust Fund Act be
applied to public projects in the same manner. The
purpose of the Trust Fund Act has no less
importance or application in the public arena. In
some ways, it is more important for public projects,
because public land is not subject to liens.
Therefore, when a trustee of funds diverts those
funds, the duty to pay subcontractors or suppliers
falls upon the bonded party, who retained no
improvement but may pay twice for the same labor
and materials. The Trust Fund Act would serve to
deter the trustee from wrong-doing, and provide a
remedy for the bonded party.
As a matter of public policy the Lien Act
prohibits a contract provision that requires a party
to waive the right to a construction lien before work
is performed. The Bond Act contains no such
prohibition, and unlike for private projects, parties
involved in public projects can be forced to waive
bond rights prospectively. The public policy should
apply to public projects as it does private projects,
and the Bond Act should be amended accordingly.




Jack Russell, Secretary

Art Hug Jr.
Dan Damico
Patrick Landry
Chuck Raeder
Brett G. Jordan

The above proposals represent some, but not

all, of the reforms needed to comprehensively
update the Lien, Bond and Trust Fund Acts for
the 21st Century. Owners, sureties, architects,
engineers, surveyors, general contractors,
subcontractors, laborers, material-men and
equipment suppliers all will benefit from
comprehensive reform that clarifies, conforms
and completes the intended beneficial rights
intended by these statutes. This is one issue all
participants in Michigans design and
construction industry can support together.

About the author: Gary D. Quesada is an attorney

and a member of CAMs Government Affairs
Executive Committee. His practice is
concentrated in the design and construction
industries, representing architects, engineers,
contractors, suppliers, sureties, private owners,
and public entities. Quesada has been named
Honorary Aff. AIA and one of Metro Detroits Top
Lawyers by DBusiness Magazine. He may be
contacted at or at

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Comprehensive Line of Tapes Ideal for Building and
Construction Professionals
ECHOtape, a leading specialty tape supplier, introduced four new products
to launch its Insulation Tape Line for residential and commercial contractors.
The line includes a variety of seaming and double sided tapes used in the
mechanical insulation industry as well as with reflective insulation systems.
The initial products launched in the line include All Purpose Aluminum Foil
Tape, an All Purpose White Aluminum Foil Tape, an All Temperature FSK
Insulation Tape, and a Cold Weather Double Coated Polyester Tape. These will
initially be available through Service Partners (, one
of the largest distributors of insulation products in the United States.
These new tapes are the first of several new products in ECHOtapes
Insulation Tape Line. Over the next several months, additional Facing Tapes
and an All Service Jacketing (ASJ) Tape will be added to the line.
The All Purpose Aluminum Foil Tapes are used on seams and joints of
fiberglass and aluminum-backed duct board, jacketing, and for seaming
reflective insulation. These high-strength tapes are coated with a superiorperformance, flame-retardant solvent acrylic adhesive. Applications for this tape
include sealing joints and seams of foil-faced insulation materials.
The All Temperature FSK (Foil, Scrim and Kraft) Insulation Tape uses a
combined pressure-sensitive adhesive and release liner to seal cold and dualtemperature duct seams and joints where FSK is the basic insulation facing.
The tape is coated with a high-performance, flame-retardant cold weather acrylic
adhesive, and is designed for tear-resistant sealing. The tape has an excellent
adhesion capability at normal application temperatures, combined with super
low temperature performance. Applications for this tape include seaming and
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The Cold Weather Double Coated Polyester Tape is a high-performance
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variety of surfaces. The tape is coated on both sides with cold weather acrylic
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environmental and temperature conditions.

The All Purpose White Aluminum Foil Tape is a foil tape with a white
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Eatons Cooper LightingDivision Expands Halo LED Recessed

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Eatons Cooper Lighting division has added new models to its Halo light-emitting diode (LED) RL46
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lighting design needs. Both product lines now offer a 3500 Kelvin (K) correlated color temperature (CCT)
option and for the first time and offer select models with a 90 (minimum) color rendering index (CRI).The
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Masterchem Industries
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Larson Electronics Releases an Explosion Proof LED Light Cart

for Paint Spray Booths

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Larson Electronics has announced the release of an updated version of their popular wheeled cart
mounted explosion proof LED paint spray booth light. The EPLCD-48-2L-LED-G2 paint spray booth
cart light is designed to provide a high output, mobile lighting solution that can be easily maneuvered
about the work area.
The EPLCD-48-2L-LED-G2 explosion proof paint spray booth light on a dolly cart from Larson
Electronics is a powerful LED lighting solution for those who need the full power illumination of a
permanent fixture as well as the mobility of a portable light. This
Class 1 Division 1 and Class 2 Division 1 & 2 cart mounted fixture
provides operators the ability to quickly and easily add a high output
light wherever it is needed.
Equipped with an EPL-48-2L-LED-G2 explosion proof fixture,
this cart draws only 56 watts of power while producing 5500 lumens
of light. The new cart design on this paint booth light features copper
free aluminum construction, four wheels, and a new fold down
handle that makes maneuvering the unit into tight spaces a breeze.
Operators can roll this unit in the upright position or lay flat, and the
long fold down handle allows operators to easily slide the cart
underneath paint booth projects without having to get down on their
knees to position the light. Included with this unit is 50 feet of
abrasive and chemical resistant SOOW cord equipped with an
explosion proof plug to provide safe power connections and ample
length for moving the unit around the work area. This paint booth
light is designed to run on universal voltages ranging from 120 to
277 VAC, and is available in 12 VDC, 24 VDC, or 347 volt and 480
volt versions as well. The portability of these units make them well
suited to any hazardous location where a portable light source
capable of illuminating large areas is needed on a temporary basis.
Larson Electronics produces a full range of industrial and
commercial lighting equipment, LED work lights, industrial grade
explosion proof lighting, and intrinsically safe LED work lights. To
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Popular Almond Hue Added to EverNew

Panorama Composite Railing System,
Offering Long-Lasting Beauty and a
Well-Coordinated Look
CertainTeed is updating color options for its EverNew Panorama
composite railing system, helping building professionals maximize design
potential for living spaces. Now available in Almond - one of the companys
most popular colors for exterior siding and fence products - thePanorama
systemcan easily complement a home or office curb appeal for years to
EverNew Panorama railing is a sustainable, durable alternative to wood
railing and provides care-free architectural detail, said Patti Pellock, senior
marketing manager for CertainTeeds Fence, Railing and Deck Business. The
new Almond color coordinates perfectly with our complete line of composite
decking, vinyl fence, siding and trim, creating countless options for designing
more attractive, inviting outdoor living spaces.
Also available in White, EverNew Panorama is a co-extruded composite
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architectural details, without the maintenance hassles. It is available in three
baluster options - Square Composite, Decorative Steel and Colonial Vinyl.
Unlike other composite railing, Panorama is fully wrapped with polyvinyl
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attract new residential development and encourage business growth.

Businesses choose to locate in communities with appealing public
amenities. Companies often locate in the community that offers the best
quality of life for their employees.
The Brownstown DDA brought together a great team for this
contemporary barn-raising, both for the preparation of the Recreation
Campus Master Plan and for the actual construction of the Event Barn.
Wade Trim provided planning, landscape architecture and engineering
services, while Sidock Architects provided architectural design/development
services. The team of Wade Trim and Sidock Architects were natural
partners for the Township, said Gustafsson. The teams extensive
community and sustainable design and engineering expertise were
invaluable on this environmental sensitive site.
The consultant team developed an interactive public participation process
that brought together township officials, department managers, township
boards/commissions and community stakeholders to formulate needed and
underserved recreation facilities on the 79-acre campus. The buildings,
pavilions, sign structures, garden walls and the Wall of Honor all match in
material and character, creating a new, cohesive appearance throughout the
campus. Following public engagement, campus design development was
completed following a one-year period with continuous coordination meetings
between site designers, landscape architects, engineers, architects, Township
department managers, Township Board, Brownstown DDA, Recreation
Commission, and the Beautification/Historical Commission.
The Event Barn is the first building designed and built as part of a newly
crafted master plan. The Event Barn set the standard for subsequent
structures, said David M. Zanley, Sidock Architects. It was decided early
on that the building would create a new appearance for the campus through
the use of traditional materials, all while meeting current and future
functional requirements.
Sole Building Company, Westland, was the contractor of choice on this
appealing building. They understood the complexity of the project, existing
conditions, and worked exhaustively with the Township and the design
consultant team to construct a project that symbolizes the Townships
community and civic pride, said Gustafsson. A strong, positive and downright enjoyable relationship was fostered between the Township, the
architectural/engineering team of Sidock Architects and Wade Trim, and
Sole Building Company to implement the vision and plans of the Recreation
Campus. We all worked together to achieve a sustainable Campus for the
Brownstown community and the region for the next 100 years.


sophisticated take on a traditional barn is re-inventing Brownstown

Townships Recreation Campus, courtesy of Sidock Architects,
Wyandotte. A fieldstone base, corrugated metal siding and a
standing seam metal roof reflect the rural heritage of Brownstown Township
originally founded in 1827. But the new facility is very much a part of the
Brownstown Township Downtown Development Authoritys (Brownstown
DDA) plans for the future.
During the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009, the Brownstown DDA
began to craft a plan to strengthen economic development in the DDA
District, the community and the region, as well as to expand the Townships
recreational, cultural and historical resources. We realized that we had to
think outside the box, but always look inside as to what investment would
actually foster economic growth, said Brownstown DDA Assistant Director
Vern Gustafsson, referring to the visioning process that ultimately selected
the Recreation Campus as the economic catalyst for this downriver area.
The Brownstown DDA generated a vision for a multi-use passive and
active Recreation Campus integrated within the Townships municipal
campus. The overarching goal of the Recreation Campus would be to
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The interiors exposed steel truss structure reinforces the modern

sophisticated barn concept. All interior materials were chosen for
durability and the mixture of modern and rustic building accents,
including a stained concrete floor.


A wonderful blend of past and future, the varied pitch roof of the Event Barn provides the
correct angle for the future installation of solar panels.

A SophiSticAted BArn

The tall arch of the Wall of Honor is the focal point of a tribute to the public safety officers
of Brownstown Township.

The multi-purpose Event Barn is nestled on the

site surrounded by wooded areas, an exterior
stage, lawn seating, and an event lawn surrounded
by garden walls, lush landscaping, and site
furniture. Integrated walkways connect the Event
Barn with the Brownstown Historical Museum,
community gardens, and a Wall of Honor
dedicated to Township public safety officers.
The tall arch of the Wall of Honor is the focal
point of the tribute and the low walls that
terminate at the arch will contain plaques
honoring police and fire officers, said Zanley. As
a strong traditional element, the arch conveys the
importance of the tribute. North of the arch, the
low walls define a small contemplative area with
a reflecting pool and edge seating. The arch also
defines the northern edge of the event lawn,
framing the view of the Event Barn.
The Event Barns traditional barn materials
were integrated with modern simple, clean lines
and details, according to Zanley. The scale of the
Event Barn, and especially the overhangs and
glass curtain walls, were designed to reinforce the
building entry and extend out into the outdoor
The major design element of the interior is the
exposed steel truss structure, which also
reinforces the modern sophisticated barn
concept. All interior materials were chosen for
durability and the mixture of modern and rustic
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building accents, including stained concrete floor,

exposed burnished masonry walls, pine paneled
wood doors, exposed wood decking, and milk
can light fixtures. The 12-foot-tall glass curtain
walls on the north and south side of the Event
Barn floods the multi-purpose space with natural
light and provides a seamless transition between
indoor and outdoor spaces. The reaction to the
Event Barn in terms of quality of materials,
design, and functionality has been extremely
positive, said Gustafsson.
Beyond the Event Barn itself, the site is a
sustainability showcase. Bioswales dot the
parking lot, and stormwater, including run-off
from the building, is collected in an underground
cistern for site irrigation. All site lighting is
shielded LED down lighting, while interior lighting
is sensor controlled and switched to allow
multiple lighting scenarios, said Zanley.
Adding to the Townships commitment to
renewable energy and to the preservation of
valuable natural resources, the varied pitch roof
of the Event Barn was designed to reinforce the
barn concept, but it also is the correct angle for
solar panels, said Zanley. All electrical elements
are in place for the Township to install the rooftop
panels at later date. Future pavilions will be
equipped with roof-mounted solar panels to
provide their own power in remote locations. Sign
structures throughout the Recreation Campus,
plus pavilions and the splash-pad building are all
designed and constructed using recycled
structural plastic lumber.

offers passive environmentally sensitive areas,

walking paths, sports fields, interactive childrens
splash pad and playground areas, a dog park,
and hard-surface courts.
Clearly, the Event Barn is a showpiece of the
Recreation Campus, attracting community
residents who are now flocking to the entire
Campus. Businesses are providing generous
financial support by sponsoring programmed

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This multi-use and multi-purpose facility was
planned and programmed to be a smaller, more
intimate and upscale facility for use by the
Township, private events, and corporate
meetings/seminars. With banquet seating for
150 and auditorium-style seating for 300, along
with a catering kitchen, the new 5,000-squarefoot Event Barn can be programmed for a wide
variety of functions. The Event Barn and
outdoor spaces can be programmed in various
configurations limited only by the needs and
imagination of the user, said Gustafsson.
The Event Barn was dedicated and opened in
November 2013. For the 2014 calendar year,
the Township is close to our projected revenue,
said Gustafsson. The Event Barn complex is
home to the Brownstown Farmers Market, and
Movies and Concerts in the Park. Further event
programs are planned throughout the year.
The Event Barn is the emerald gem of a
necklace that stretches across a 79-acre
campus. The facility serves as an anchor and
communal living room at the eastern end of the
Recreation Campus, while the Township
Hall/Community Center serves as an institutional
anchor at the west end. The rest of the Campus

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events and/or Recreation Campus features, said

Gustafsson. The Event Barn bookings are
exceeding the Townships expectations and this
will continue as further phases of the Recreation
Campus are built.
The project team has created a moving tribute
to Township heroes, a gem of an events building,
and an expanding recreational campus. This 79acre site is a true community oasis of the 21st

Tom Doyle



The Event Barns fieldstone and corrugated metal siding, as well as the profile of the standing
seam metal roof, all bring to life the rural heritage of Brownstown Township.



Century, courtesy of Brownstown DDA, Sidock

Architects, Wade Trim, and Sole Building



-Information provided courtesy of Brownstown

Downtown Development Authority, Sidock
Architects and CAM Magazine editorial review


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the followinG SuBcontrActorS

contriButed to the project:

Safety is NO Accident
Complete Heavy Industrial &
Commercial Demolition Services


NADC has a current EMR of .64 while

maintaining a 5-year average of .68

Foundation Tru-Wall Construction Co., Inc.,

Mason Stone Work, Royal Oak
Electrical Molino Electric, Trenton
Plumbing Gundick Plumbing, Wyandotte
HVAC Jet Stream Mechanical, Ann Arbor
Underground Sole Construction, Westland
Framing Interior/Exterior Banda Construction,
Roof/Siding Brish Roofing, Redford
Paint Pacesetter Painting, Ypsilanti
Landscape/Irrigation Michigan Greenscape
Supplies, Ypsilanti
Flat Work Oscar Cement, Lincoln Park
Glazing Advance Storefront, Detroit
Food Services Advanced Kitchen, Dearborn
Low Voltage/Sound Security Consultant
Systems, Farmington Hills
Structural Steel B&A Structural Steel LLC,
The owner, architect and/or general contractor provided
the list of project participants.
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marty A. Burnstein, of West Bloomfield, has been
selected by his peers for the fifth consecutive year to be
included in the 2014 Edition of the Best lawyers of
America in the specialty of construction law. Best
lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer review
publication in the legal profession. Burnstein has also
been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers List for his
excellence in construction litigation. Burnstein has over
40 years experience as a construction lawyer, mediator
and arbitrator. He frequently teaches, lectures and writes in the area of
construction law and a valued member of the CAMTEC instructor team.
The American institute of Architects Michigan
recently presented its Young Architect of the Year
Award to Andrew dunlap, AiA, at its annual Celebration
of Architecture. The Young Architect Award is given to
architects under 40 years of age in recognition of
proficiency and exceptional accomplishment and who
have made significant contributions to the profession in
an early stage of their careers. Andrew Dunlap, AIA, CDT,
NCARB, LEED AP, is the Principal and Building Enclosure
Specialist at SmithGroupJJRs Detroit center. An active participant within
the design and construction community, Andrew is a founding member of
the Building Enclosure Council (BEC) Detroit Chapter and currently serves
as Chairman. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects
(AIA) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). A
registered architect in Michigan, Maryland and New York, Andrew is also a
LEED Accredited Professional, NCARB certified and is a Construction
Documents Technologist.
harley ellis devereaux, Southfield, has added
kenneth clein, AiA, ncArB, leed Ap as a Higher
Education Design Studio Leader. Clein brings 30 years
of practice to the firm, most recently as a Principal and
Higher Education Market Leader with a strong emphasis
on sustainable design, building transformations and
historic preservation.


Grand Rapids-based f&V operations and

resource management (fVop) is pleased to announce the addition of
catherine Garnham to its staff. With nearly 25 years of administration and
operations experience, Garnham has a long-standing relationship with
FVOP. She holds numerous state licenses including a Michigan Class-A
Sewage Treatment Works Operator and Class F-1 and S-2 Waterworks
System Operator. Garnham will provide operational leadership for the Huron
Shores Regional Utility Authority Water Treatment Plant, the Tawas Utility
Authority Wastewater Treatment Plant, and the Oscoda Charter Township
Wastewater Treatment Plant.
SSoes Board of Directors announced recently that it
has selected Bob howell to be the next president and
CEO of SSOE Group - a global engineering, procurement
and construction management (EPCM) firm, effective
December 3, 2014. Howell has been with SSOE for
more than 30 years, and has served on its management
team. Howell transitions from his current role of
executive vice president (EVP) / Chief Operations Officer
(COO), as well as previous positions as Chairman of the
Board, Strategic Business Unit and Division manager. SSOE is
headquartered in Toledo, OH and is based locally in Troy and Midland.

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Walker-based tubelite, inc. recently

announced that jim flandreau has
been named as director of information
technology (IT) business relationship
Tubelite from its parent company,
Apogee Enterprises, Inc. He brings
more than 17 yearsof experience in IT
strategic planning, governance and
business process improvements, and in manufacturing operations. Also,
Tubelite has added rene Buggs as director of human resources (HR).
Aspart of theexecutive leadership team, she will work with all employees,
supportorganizational development and promote talent acquisition. She is
a certified seniorprofessional in HR.
The engineering and
architectural firm of
Byce & Associates,
inc., Kalamazoo, has
recently announced the
hiring of five individuals
at their firm. f. Alan
frederick joins as
architectural technician;
peter oudsema, eit, leed Green
Associate joins as a structural engineer;
matthew fraser, eit, joins as a
mechanical engineer; Gene dummer
joins as an electrical designer; and
miranda Bishop joins as an
accounting/human resources assistant.





Bloomfield Hills-based hubbell, roth & clark, inc.

(hrc) recently announced that derek Stratelak, pwS,
llA, has rejoined HRC as senior project engineer in the
firms Environmental Engineering Department. He is a
licensed landscape architect, certified arborist,
geomorphologist, and professional wetland scientist who
utilizes Rosgen River Restoration and Natural Channel
Design principles. Stratelak was previously employed by
HRC from 1995 to 2000 where he provided wetland
consulting and landscape architectural services to communities and private
clients for a broad array of projects. He has over 30 years of professional
experience in his field.
joseph f. neussendorfer, president and CEO of
u.S. construction research, Livonia, was among the
recipients of an outstanding leadership Award from
the engineering Society of detroit (eSd). These
awards are granted to outstanding ESD committee and
council members based on evaluation in the areas of
committee work that include: accomplishment;
communications; community relations; flexibility and
creativity; finances; forward planning; operating;
organizing; participation; planning and publications.







Detroit-based white construction, a construction management/

general contracting firm, is proud to announce the promotion of
donovan j. white to deputy operations manager & milton d.
jennings to deputy business development manager. White has
been with White Construction since August 2001 and Jennings since
June 1997. White currently serves on the Board of Directors for
EcoWorks, a nonprofit, energy assistant & job training organization
that provides opportunities for low income families. Hes also a
member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) & the
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Jennings currently serves as a member of the Eastern
Michigan University Black Alumni Association, as well as Eastern Michigan Universitys Constructors

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Following a year-long design process, Buchanan community Schools is moving forward with
school building improvements at Ottawa Elementary School and Buchanan Middle School. The school
district celebrated the launch of these projects with a ground breaking ceremony in June 2014. The
ceremony was attended by District representatives, community members and individuals from the
Districts architecture/engineering firm, fanning howey. Improvements to Buchanan Middle School
include a five-classroom addition, a gymnasium addition and new administrative offices located adjacent
to a secure main entrance. Renovations will improve the technology infrastructure, mechanical and
electrical systems, ADA access and overall energy efficiency and campus security. There are also plans
for site enhancements. Upgrades to Ottawa Elementary School are highlighted by a 9,500-square-foot
addition with six classrooms, ADA-accessible rest rooms and an extended learning area to support
21st Century instruction. The building will also receive a new secure entry vestibule, technology
improvements, fire alarm system upgrades and a partial replacement/expansion of the parking lot.
The team of architects, engineers and designers at Troy-based integrated design Solutions (idS)
are pleased to announce their new online website - - 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. 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 behindthe-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.
SmithGroupjjr, Detroit, announced recently that it has reached a sustainability milestone with 100
LEED certified projects. Back in 2001 the firm had already achieved the worlds first LEED Platinum
project. With more than 100 LEED certifications under their belt, the firm is looking ahead to further this
plumbing professors, Canton Township, a 24-hour service plumbing, sewer repair and epoxy pipe
lining company, has been awarded adiagnostic& epoxy pipe lining contract torepair The Spirit of
Women Part Fountain at the Ohio State MedicalCenter in Columbus, OH. The project manager will be
Bruner Corporation of Hilliard, OH.
Quinn evans Architects, based locally in Ann Arbor and Detroit, with offices in Washington, D.C.
and Madison, WI, led the expansion and renovation for the life support building and systems for the
Seal and Sea Lion exhibit within the American Trail at the Smithsonian institution national Zoological
park. The exhibit space earned a LEED-NC Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Prior to
renovations the animals were housed in a dated facility with pools that were leaking close to 8,000
gallons of water a day. The design for the revitalized facility includes cutting-edge life support systems
within multiple exhibit and holding pools - utilizing both salt and fresh water - with increased animal
enrichment through the use of wave machines.The biggest energy savings involve water use and quality.
The volume of water use was reduced by 75 percent from 2006 to 2013. This was achieved through
the use of water-efficient support systems and landscaping. Other sustainable highlights includeenergy
efficient mechanicalsystems, regional and certified materials, construction waste management, and
design innovationin tree preservation planning.
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fishbeck, thompson, carr & huber, inc.

(ftch), a fullservice civil engineering,
architectural/engineering, environmental, and
construction management firm, is pleased to
announce the opening of its Macomb office to
expand their presence in southeast Michigan.
FTCH has over 340 staff in five Michigan offices,
one Ohio office, and one Indiana office. The new
office is in an ideal location to serve area clients.
It is located at: 46600 Romeo Plank Road, Suite
3, Macomb, MI 48044. Phone: (586) 412-1406;
Fax: (586) 412-1407.

comprehensive renovation of the Kresge

Business Administration Library, demolition of the
Computer and Executive Education Building,
construction of a new academic building, and
addition of exterior finishes to Sam Wyly Hall, the
Business Administration Executive Dormitory and
the Hill Street Parking Structure. The architect is
kohn pedersen fox Associates, pc.
Construction is scheduled to be completed by

summer 2016. Also at The U-M, Walbridge is

currently constructing the Munger Graduate
Residences, and is renovating West Quad
Residences and Cambridge House, located
inside the Michigan Union. Walbridge has also
completed the 725-space Wall Street East
parking structure, which has created a new
gateway to the Wall Street district and U-M
Medical Center campus.

The Cities of Marquette, Ferndale, Westland,

Bay City, Brighton and Port Huron were selected
by the international council of Shopping
centers (icSc) to participate on the Municipal
Runway at the 44th Annual michigan idea
exchange & Alliance program in July 2014 at
the Suburban Collection Showcase in Novi. These
communities were selected following a two month
state-wide competition because of their Best
Practices in crafting Public/Private Partnerships
that have attracted capital, created jobs and
raised the tax base in their communities.
Brighton-based contracting resources
recently provided general contracting services for
the following projects: St. Joseph Parish altar
renovations, South Lyon; Vail Ski Resort Mt.
Brighton, renovations to locker rooms, childrens
area, ski rental section, tear out and rebuild of the
existing restaurant, brown bag area, and new
quick serve restaurant; Novo Dynamics 6th
Floor in Ann Arbor, general contracting services
for the renovation to the existing sixth floor of the
City Center Building. New projects recently
awarded to Contracting Resources include:
Grand Hilton Mixed-Use Building, new
construction, in Brighton; Detroit Metropolitan
Credit Union, new construction, in Novi; Brinks,
Gilson & Lione, interior renovations, in Ann Arbor;
and Sparrow Health Systems, 9 South
Penthouse Reno - HR Partner Offices in Lansing.
nAwic (national Association of women in
construction) detroit chapter 183 recently
completed year two of project Accelerate.
Eighteen women attended the six-week program
to learn about the many different aspects of the
construction industry, resume writing, and other
elements of furthering their education. Detroit
members will be offering a workshop on Project
Accelerate at the upcoming 2014 NAWIC Annual
Meeting and Education Conference, held at the
JW Marriott Indianapolis Downtown, Indianapolis,
IN, on September 3-6, 2014.
The university of michigan has selected
walbridge as construction manager for a major
renovation and addition to its Stephen M. Ross
School of Business. The project includes a
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Jackson Associates, Inc. ........................................10
Jaimes Trusses and Wall Panels................................5
Jeffers Crane Service, Inc. ......................................24
McCoig Materials ....................................................27
Michielutti Brothers .................................................35
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenter ....................7
North American Dismantling Corp ...........................42
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September 18 21, 2014 American Society of concrete
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Westin Westminster, Denver, CO
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