CAM Releases Building Michigan Podcast


The Construction Association of Michigan
Debuts New “Building Michigan” Podcast

Highlighting the 2020 CAM Magazine Project of the Year award-winning project, The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center

Bloomfield Hills, MI (April 19, 2021) – The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) is excited to announce the launch of its new “Building Michigan” podcast series hosted by Kevin Koehler, President of CAM. Each episode of the “Building Michigan” podcast, produced for Michigan’s construction industry by the Construction Association of Michigan, features current news and information regarding the latest construction techniques, methods and equipment, as well as economic updates and interviews with key people in Michigan’s commercial construction industry.

Season 1, Episode 1, the inaugural episode, highlights the 2020 CAM Magazine Project of the Year award-winning project, The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center. Joining the host Kevin Koehler is Mike Willaert, Senior Vice President of Facilities and Construction for the Detroit Pistons; Gordon Graham, P.E., Manager of Construction for Henry Ford Health Systems, Corporate Facilities; and Sam Ruegsegger, Project Executive for The Christman Company and CAM’s current Chairman of the Board.

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The Building Michigan Podcast features current news and information regarding the latest construction techniques, methods and equipment, as well as economic updates and interviews with key people in Michigan’s commercial construction industry.

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CAM 135th Annual Report

Construction Association of Michigan’s
135th Annual Report

Video Highlights

Read the published Annual Report in the April edition of CAM Magazine.

Presented Virtually for 2021

April 6, 2021 – For the first time in its history, the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM) presents its Annual Meeting virtually. Traditionally, CAM’s Annual Meeting takes place during its trade show each February. This year, the trade show, the Great Lakes Design & Construction EXPO, has been moved to later in the year due to COVID-19 restrictions. It will be held along with the Mid-Year Economic Event and CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi on June 9th.

CAM’s 135th Annual Meeting video kicks off with inspiring words by President of CAM, Kevin Koehler: “There’s something special about the pride, the skill, the passion it takes to build something great. The Construction Association of Michigan, CAM, understands that passion and provides contractors with the resources they need.”

Viewers are introduced to Sam Ruegsegger, Project Executive of The Christman Company and CAM’s current Chairman of the Board. Mr. Ruegsegger welcomes viewers and introduces the 2020-21 Board of Directors. Given the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, he provides encouraging words of support moving forward: “We are all in this together, and we must stay resilient and focused.”

Details are presented on how CAM, as well as its various departments, performed in 2020, including the work done toward informing CAM’s members on the changing guidelines related to the pandemic and the efforts put forth toward getting the construction industry re-opened safely. Unique this year, the meeting also highlights 2020 success stories of many of its member companies.

In closing, Mr. Ruegsegger remarks: “I would encourage all of you to take advantage of all that CAM has to offer. Join us at an event, send some of your leadership team to our Advanced Leadership Academy, or any of CAM’s education and safety programs, download our mobile buyers guide app, and check out what projects are bidding in the plan room. Get engaged! You have my word, CAM will continue to serve its membership to the best of its ability: to Advocate, Legislate, and Educate.”

Learn more about Great Lakes Design and Construction EXPO, which also includes the CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards Breakfast, and the Mid-Year Economic Forecast and State of the Industry Luncheon, scheduled for June 9th.


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Tracey Alfonsi
CAM Director of Member Services
Office: (248) 972-1113

CAM eNewsletter – February 15, 2021

CAM eNewsletter - February 15, 2021


  • t’s Time to Submit Your Project for CAM Magazine’s Special Issue 2021!
  • Alliance Formed Dedicated to Worker Safety at Michigan Central Station
  • CAM’s Annual Men’s Doubles Classic Takes Place February 27th
  • Drive Away with Special Discounts on Freightliner Sprinter Vans
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Do You Have Occupational Health & Safety Questions?
  • CAM Jobsite Posters for 2021 Are in Stock!
  • Get Outside with CAM This Year
  • CoreNet Global Michigan Chapter’s Webinar – February 18th
  • Liberty Mutual Safety Innovation Award Nominations Due February 28th
  • MISS DIG 811 Hosts Local Pre-Construction Meetings
  • Registration Is Open for the Virtual NSC Safety Congress & Expo
  • NECA’s Recognition of Safety Applications Now Being Accepted
  • Save the Date! EXPO & Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon – June 9th

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Health Screening Tool Adopted by Construction Industry

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Health Screening Tool Adopted by Construction Industry

COVID Screening App Built in Northville Passes 540,000+ Form Submissions from Job Sites as Mobile Tech Gains Traction Industry-Wide

Northville, MI (Feb. 3, 2021) – SPARK Business Works announced today the company’s mobile health screening tool has been implemented at 700 construction job sites across the country, with more than 540,000 digital forms submitted in the first six months. More than 500 companies (including 40+ CAM member companies) are now using Easy Safety Forms to help protect crew members working in the field and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

SPARK deployed their Easy Safety Forms platform for free in spring 2020 to help construction managers meet COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. To comply with strict health screening requirements and protect workers at job sites and inside facilities, managers needed an efficient and trusted solution for daily collection, entry, submission and tracking of essential employee health information. Built for mobile devices, SPARK’s system eliminated the dependency on manual paper processes, while improving safety, timeliness, data security, and distribution for job sites across the country.

“We know from our work with the construction industry that technology needs to be a fast, easy and simple experience for workers, or crews won’t adopt the new technology,” said Brad Wilson, Vice President, SPARK. “Helping Michigan firms automate field data tracking– including from safety forms– has been a core competency for SPARK for several years, so we jumped at the opportunity to launch this free tool and share with the CAM community”.

SPARK’s Safety Forms product has now been used to help protect hundreds of job sites and their workers, without any training hours or new hardware to implement. To deploy the tool quickly, job sites received a printed poster with a QR code that workers scan to launch the digital health screening form on their own mobile device. Once implemented, managers receive alerts based on risk triggers and store and access the data securely.

“Our lead developer, Emanuel Pelean, was thrilled to see his code deployed so smoothly at scale from right here in Southeast Michigan to more than 30 states by Q4 2020,” Wilson added. “COVID seemed to accelerate the adoption of digital tools in construction, and because each firm operates in their own unique way, we are seeing an increase in requests for custom digital workflows. This is on top of the already large demand for data automation, fueled by labor shortages, prior to the pandemic.”

Smartphones are the most-utilized work devices on construction sites, with 92% of workers using mobile devices daily compared to 83% for laptops, according to the 2020 JBKnowledge ConTech Report, a survey of contractors and construction workers focused on the state of construction technology.

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SPARK Business Works builds websites and custom software for clients to level up their digital presence, streamline processes, and deliver data to decision-makers. They have been an active member of the Construction Association of Michigan since 2019.

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PPP and Employee Retention Credit Update

Paycheck Protection Program & Employee Retention Credit

An Update from BDO USA, LLP

January 15, 2021

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (Act), signed into law on December 27, 2020, contains significant enhancements and improvements to the Employee Retention Credit (ERC). Here are a few items we are seeing our clients taking immediate advantage of:

  • Revisit the Employee Retention Credit: Companies that received PPP Loans were originally ineligible for the employee retention credits, but the Appropriations Act revised that requirement, allowing companies to revisit their qualifications in 2020 and amend 941’s to claim the credits, even if they received a forgivable PPP Loan. Commencing January 1, 2021, companies will only have to experience a decline in gross receipts of 20% (instead of 50% as required in 2020) for the 2021 quarter when compared to the same quarter in 2019. We would recommend that any company that received a PPP loan review their 2020 operations to see if they qualify for a refund of the employee retention credits
  • Tax Deductibility of expenses paid with PPP Loans: The Appropriations Act finally legislated that expense paid using forgiven PPP funds are fully tax deductible, as many organizations had been pushing for all along. The deductibility applies to both the 1st and 2nd round of loans if a 2nd loan is taken.
  • PPP Loans – Round 2: A second round of PPP funding is available to companies regardless of whether they received a loan the first time around. A summary of the differences between the first and second round is as follows:
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  First Round:    2020 Second Round:  2021
Maximum Amount That can be Borrowed: 2.5 X avg monthly salary, up to $10mm 2.5 X avg monthly salary, up to $2mm
Employee Counts to be a “Small Business” Eligible for the PPP 500 or fewer 300 or fewer
Can businesses that received a PPP loan in 2020 apply for a 2nd PPP loan? No Yes
Required to Demonstrate Decline in Gross Receipts to be Eligible? No Yes.  Must have a 25% loss in gross receipts for any quarter of 2020 when compared to the same quarter in 2019
Covered Period 8 or 24* 8 or 24
Eligible Expenses Payroll costs, rent, covered mortgage, utilities Same + 4 new categories – see above
Are PPP expenses deductible? Yes! Yes!
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CAM Magazine Announces 2020 Project of the Year

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CAM Magazine’s Project of the Year 2020 Award Goes to…

The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center Named CAM Magazine Project of the Year 2020

The Construction Association of Michigan is excited to announce that The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center has been selected as the 2020 CAM Magazine Project of the Year. Congratulations to the Detroit Pistons, the Henry Ford Health System, ROSSETTI, Hobbs + Black Architects, and the Christman-Brinker joint venture formed of The Christman Company and the L.S. Brinker Company.

The premier facility is comprised of three interconnected buildings: the Pistons Performance Center houses one of the biggest and the best training facility in the NBA, along with the franchise’s corporate headquarters, making it the first in the NBA with the entire organization under one roof; Henry Ford Health System’s William Clay Ford Center for Athletic Medicine that serves the Pistons, as well as athletes of all levels and serious fitness buffs, with second-to-none sports medicine and technologies; and a parking garage nestled in between the two structures.

The pages of CAM Magazine’s January 2021 issue tell the success story of this striking facility with an inclusive, community-minded mission dedicated not only to welcoming the public into the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center via retail spaces and a soon-to-be-developed fitness space, but also inviting smaller Detroit contractors to be part of its own bustling jobsite during construction via a mentoring protégé program. The series of articles not only covers the project’s construction details but also provides the perspective of the all-star team of owners, designers and contractors whose vision and talents brought this building to life and added new vibrancy to an area of Detroit between New Center and Wayne State University.

“The Construction Association of Michigan is proud to celebrate this state-of-the-art center built by CAM member companies,” said the association’s president, Kevin Koehler. “I applaud The Christman Company and L.S. Brinker for successfully collaborating to develop this impressive facility for the Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Pistons organization. The project is a win-win-win, for the project teams involved, for the owners, and for the city of Detroit.”

In 2021, CAM Magazine will celebrate 25 years of publishing its annual awards issue called the Special Issue. Early each year, CAM puts out a call for its member companies to submit their best construction projects of the previous year. Twelve finalists are selected and featured in this issue, which comes out each October. The owners, general contractors, and architects from these projects are interviewed and sites toured prior to the writing of the feature articles. 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 2021. To be eligible, projects must be constructed or designed by a CAM member company, and must have been completed – or reached substantial completion – between June 2020 and June 2021. The deadline for submitting Special Issue 2020 projects is Friday, March 12, 2021. Advertising opportunities are available. CLICK HERE for more information and to submit your project.

The list of all 12 finalists and their project teams from CAM Magazine Special Issue 2020:


The Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center (Detroit)
Owner/Developer: The Henry Ford Health System and Detroit Pistons
Construction Manager: Christman/Brinker, a Joint Venture, Detroit
Architects: ROSSETTI, Detroit, and Hobbs+Black Architects, Ann Arbor

2020 FINALISTS (in no particular order):

MSU Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion (East Lansing)
Contractor: Clark Construction Co.
Architect: LMN Architects & Fishbeck

University of Michigan – Michigan Union Renovation (Ann Arbor)
Contractor: Walbridge
Architect: Integrated Design Solutions, Hartman-Cox Architects, Workshop Architects

Ascension Macomb-Oakland Hospital Macomb Campus Bed Tower Vertical Expansion (Warren)
Contractor: AUCH Construction
Architect: HKS Architects

McLaren Northwest Addition-Wayne & Joan Webber Emergency Trauma Center (Mount Clemens)
Contractor: Roncelli, Inc.
Architect: AECOM

Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse Alteration (Detroit)
Contractor: The Christman Co.
Architect: EYP Architecture and Engineering

Christian Financial Credit Union Headquarters (Sterling Heights)
Contractor: Thompson-Phelan Group, Inc.
Architect: Barber-McCalpin Associates

FRS Headquarters (Rochester)
Contractor: Frank Rewold & Sons Inc.
Architect: Auger Klein Aller Architects

LinkedIn Detroit Regional Headquarters (Detroit)
Contractor: L.S. Brinker
Architect: SmithGroup

Veoneer North American Engineering Center (Southfield)
Contractor: Jonna Construction
Architect: Harley Ellis Devereaux

Innovation Garage (Ann Arbor)
Contractor: Barton Malow Co.
Architect: Integrated Design Solutions

Robert C. Valade Park, Atwater Beach Site (Detroit)
Contractor: Commercial Contracting Corp.
Architect: Hannah Neumann/Smith

CAM Magazine, established in 1980, is the official publication of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM). It is a monthly, full-color, glossy magazine devoted to the individuals and companies who comprise the commercial construction industry in Michigan. CAM is the oldest and largest regional construction association in the United States. Founded in 1885, CAM is a not-for-profit organization is based in Bloomfield Hills, MI, consisting of over 2,000 members, including general contractors, subcontractors, equipment and material suppliers, architects, engineers and service firms.

CAM eNewsletter – January 7, 2021

CAM eNewsletter - January 7, 2021


  • A New Year Brings New Opportunities
  • Michigan Is Entering the Next Phase for COVID-19 Vaccinations
  • Mentors Needed for the ACE Mentor Program of SE Michigan
  • Announcement of the 2020 Project of the Year Is Coming Next Week!
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Ruby+Associates Wins NCSEA Award for Mackinac Bridge Project
  • Mourning the Loss of HBA Past President David S. Compo and Family
  • Reminder to Register for the Construction B2B Opportunities Workshop
  • Save the Date! EXPO & Mid-Year Economic Forecast Luncheon – June 9th

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COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices


COVID-19 State Emphasis Program for Offices

MIOSHA focuses efforts on protecting workers in traditional office settings

As Michigan reaches 300,000+ cases of COVID-19, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) is focusing on office environments and how the close proximity of employees can lead to outbreaks of the virus.

On November 5, the Michigan Dept. of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) reported 18 new outbreaks from the previous week tied to office settings and is continuing to track 21 outbreaks tied to offices previously reported.

On November 15, in an effort to break the cycle of spread, MDHHS issued a new emergency order that enacted a three-week pause targeting indoor social gatherings and other group activities, including office work.

Under the current guidelines, employers are required to create a policy prohibiting in-person work for employees to the extent that their work activities can feasibly be completed remotely. Under statute, MIOSHA can cite employers, require abatement, and fine them up to $7,000 for failing to produce a remote work policy or if the employer’s preparedness and response plan is non-compliant.

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Jason Griffin
CAM Director of Education & Safety Services
Office: (248) 972-1141

3M™ Trade-In, Trade-Up Program

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3M™ Trade-In, Trade-Up Program

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Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois
Personal Safety Division, Fall Protection
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CAM eNewsletter – October 31, 2020

CAM eNewsletter - October 31, 2020


  • CAM Board of Directors Election Postponed One Year
  • Cast Your Vote for the CAM Magazine Project of the Year
  • 2021 CAM Buyers Guide: Contracts Accepted Until November 16th
  • CAMTEC’s Upcoming Classes
  • Kevin Koehler Interviewed on WJR’s “Building Michigan Show”
  • LTU Offers Free COVID-19 Safety Training to Small Construction Firms
  • National Apprenticeship Week Is Almost Here
  • RSVP for the AIA Detroit Annual Business Meeting & Elections
  • MIOSHA Emergency Rules Q&A about COVID-19 Workplace Safety

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