Detroit’s Shinola Hotel Named CAM Magazine Project of the Year 2019

At the 134th Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), held February 12, 2020, at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, the association announced that Detroit’s Shinola Hotel was selected as the 2019 CAM Magazine Project of the Year. Located in the heart of the city’s historic Woodward shopping district, Shinola Hotel occupies five buildings, the main structure built in 1915. The unique urban hotel was also named to Conde Nast Traveler’s 2019 Hot List of the Best New Hotels in the World.

CAM Magazine’s Special Issue, featuring construction projects performed in Michigan over the past year, is published each October. The Owners, General Contractors, and Architects from these projects are interviewed and sites toured prior to the writing of the feature articles that make up this issue. The Project of the Year is selected by the CAM Magazine Editorial Advisory Committee, magazine staff, and an online vote.

CAM is currently accepting submissions for its Special Issue 2020. Project entries must be constructed or designed by a CAM member, and must have been completed – or reached substantial completion – between June 2019 and June 2020.  The deadline for submitting Special Issue 2020 projects is Friday, March 6, 2020. Advertising opportunities are available. Visit for more information and to submit your project.

The list of the finalists and their project teams from CAM Magazine Special Issue 2019:

2019 Project of the Year:

  • Shinola Hotel (Detroit).  Contractor: Barton Malow Company; Architects: Kraemer Design Group and Integrated Design Solutions; Owner: Bedrock

2019 Finalists (in no particular order):

  • Mike Ilitch School of Business (Detroit).  Contractor: The Christman Company/L.S. Brinker Joint Venture; Architect: SmithGroup; Owner: Wayne State University
  • The Legacy (Bay City).  Contractor: Spence Brothers; Architect: Quinn Evans Architects; Owner: Jenifer Acosta Development
  • I-75 Over Rouge and Goddard (SW/Melvindale).  Contractor: C.A. Hull Co., Inc.; Engineer: Alfred Benesch & Co.
  • United Shore Financial Services Headquarters (Pontiac).  Contractor: The Dailey Company; Architect: Integrated Design Solutions; Owner: United Shore
  • Flex-N-Gate Detroit Manufacturing Facility (Detroit).  Contractor: Walsh Construction Company; Architect: IBI Group, Inc.; Owner: Flex-N-Gate Corp.
  • University of Michigan Biological Sciences Building (Ann Arbor).  Contractor: Barton Malow; Architects: SmithGroup, Ennead Architects; Owner: University of Michigan
  • AUCH Headquarters (Pontiac).  Contractor: AUCH Construction; Architect: HED; Owner: AUCH Construction
  • Hub Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor).  Contractor: Spence Brothers; Architect: Myefski Architects; Owner: American Campus Communities
  • Dexter Early Elementary Complex (Dexter).  Contractor: Granger Construction; Architect: TMP Architecture, Inc.; Owner: Dexter Community Schools
  • Oakland Center — Oakland University (Rochester).  Contractor: The Christman Company; Architect: Integrated Design Solutions; Owner: Oakland University
  • Wagner Place Downtown Development (Dearborn).  Contractor: Roncelli, Inc.; Architect: Neumann/Smith Architecture; Owner: Ford Land


CAM Jobsite Posters Are Updated for April 2019

Are your jobsite posters current? The answer is likely no because the new Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act with its Required Poster just became effective on March 29th. CAM has the new posters in stock!

Get an all-in-one, plastic-laminated, 30″x 60″ jobsite poster that contains seven Federal and eight Michigan posters that are required on all jobsites. CAM Jobsite Posters are available for $45.00. CAM Members pay only $35.00! For purchase information, contact Mary Carabott at (248) 972-1000 or



CAMSafety Presents Free Fall Protection Training

On August 15, Dick Gober and Pat Palmer of Flaherty Sales/Werner, and CAMSafety partnered to bring an important safety program on ladder safety and fall protection practices to the CAM training center as part of OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week. Falls continue to be the leading killer of construction workers, and according to a study done by the Center for Construction Research and Education (CPWR), falls from ladders accounted for 24% of all fall-related fatalities during the period of 2011 to 2015. These incidents are preventable. 

The presentation included equipment demos, hands-on exercises, and discussions on inspections and care, post-fall condition procedures, OSHA and insurance compliance, and more.

For more information, contact Pat Palmer, (216) 905-8511 or

If you have Fall Protection training needs, contact CAMTEC at (248) 972-1133 or email




CAM’s Michigan Construction Payment Act Becomes Senate Bill 1121

A Letter from the CAM Chairman of the Board, Mr. Joseph Fontanesi:

Fellow members, within the next few months, representatives of CAM will have the opportunity to make the case in support of CAM’s Michigan Construction Payment Act (MCPA), now known as Senate Bill 1121, before a State Senate subcommittee. CAM’s proposed legislation is intended to become the first prompt pay law for private sector commercial projects in the State of Michigan. Also, if the MCPA becomes law as proposed, it will eliminate the unfair industry practice known as retention or retainage.

Currently, Michigan is one of only a handful of states that does not have a prompt payment act for the private sector construction industry. Additionally, every state in the country, including Michigan, has prompt pay legislation on the books for public sector work. Who has not traveled to major metropolitan cities like Chicago, New York, Dallas, Atlanta or Seattle and marveled at all of the cranes at work and thought, “What If?” All of these great cities are located in states with legislation on the books guaranteeing prompt payment on both public and private projects.

Our country’s free market system compels Michigan to compete against other states for business. In order to successfully convince employers to establish and grow their businesses in the Great Lakes State, we need to be either a low-cost producer or provide added value. In truth, on many occasions, a state needs to do both to lure employers. Whether it’s the cost of money associated with a line of credit or the lost opportunity cost of not deploying money efficiently, the cost of money is a real cost. The leaders of states that have enacted private sector prompt pay legislation recognize the importance of a healthy construction industry and what it can do for their individual state’s overall economy today and into the future.

For a state to have a healthy construction industry, the money must flow in a timely and efficient manner. Unfortunately, in today’s private sector construction industry, intentional and unreasonable delays in paying for work, materials and services that have been accepted as being completed satisfactory are becoming more prevalent. In fact, delays in excess of 120 days are not uncommon. The Michigan Construction Payment Act will put an end to this unscrupulous practice. Key provisions of the MCPA include:

  • Owners must prove their ability to pay;
  • Owners are required to pay for acceptable work within 30 days;
  • Contractors and subcontractors must pay their tiers within 7 days of receiving payment;
  • An interest penalty clause is included for wrongfully withholding payment;
  • Contractual retainage/retention provisions are prohibited;
  • Withholding of payment without penalty for work unsatisfactorily completed is permitted;
  • Contract provisions requiring the contractor to assume the risk of non-payment are void and unenforceable.

Consequently, we are asking everyone for their support in addressing and rectifying this very critical problem plaguing our industry. For starters, we need you to write to and/or call your local legislators and ask them to support Senate Bill 1121. Timing is of the essence! Click this link for a customizable letter that you can send to your local State Senators and Representatives: Senate Bill 1121 Letter to the Legislators .

See who your Senators and Representatives are at this link: Tell them today that you support Senate Bill 1121, CAM’s Michigan Construction Payment Act!

Thank you for your support of this paramount issue.


Joseph Fontanesi

2018 CAM Chairman of the Board

Fontanesi & Kann Co./Architectural Building Components, Inc.


2018 Biennial Business Survey

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2018 Biennial Business Survey

What are the most pressing business and strategic issues in Michigan’s construction industry? What are construction leaders optimistic about, and what’s keeping them up at night? How are they addressing the workforce shortage?

Learn about these topics and more in the 2018 Biennial Business Survey Outlook, presented by the Construction Association of Michigan and Plante Moran. The survey was issued online, and data was compiled from confidential responses by an independent survey company and developed as a collaborative effort.

There are many valuable insights in this year’s survey outlook report. The results show a forward-thinking industry ready for the future.

Click here to view the Survey’s Executive Summary