Mid Year Forecast Recap

Mid-Year Forecast Recap

June 13, 2019 – At today’s Mid Year Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast, co-hosted by Construction Association of Michigan and Southeastern Michigan Home Builders Association, 250+ attendees were presented with information concerning the national economy and Michigan’s economic outlook.

During the first presentation by Gabriel Ehrlich, Director of Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics (RSQE) and Assistant Research Scientist with experience in the Financial Analysis Division at the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), statistics indicated that by July 2019, the national economy will set a record for longest sustained period of growth.  To view all of the charts and graphs presented by Gabe, click here.

The second half was presented by returning speaker Eric Bussis, the Michigan Chief Economist and the Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis at the Michigan Department of Treasury.  Eric’s remarks focused on Michigan and demonstrated that Michigan has outperformed the US and Great Lakes States during the economic recovery.  To view Eric’s presentation, click here.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Platinum

Construction Federal Credit Union
Michigan Talent Investment Agency
Doeren Mayhew

Gold

Progessive Plumbing Supply
Testing Engineers & Consultants
Rehmann
Progressive Sweeping Contractors
CMIT Solutions
Surework Construction
PlanGrid
Plante Moran
Operating Engineers Local 324 LMEC & JATF
Pella Window & Door

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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 carabott@buildwithCAM.com

 

 

CAM Members Elect New Board

CAM Members Elect New Board

At the 133rd Annual Meeting of the Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), held February 5, 2019, at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit, the association’s new officers and directors, who will serve on the 2019 Board of Directors, were installed.

CAM’s new 2019 Chairman of the Board is Kevin Foucher, Vice President, Construction, Commercial Contracting Corporation, Auburn Hills.  Newly promoted to CAM Vice Chairmen are: Kerlin Blaise, Blaze Contracting, and Erik Wordhouse, Edwards Glass Company. CAM’s incoming Treasurer is Samuel Ruegsegger III, The Christman Company.

Each year, three Directors retire from CAM’s 12-member board, and three new Directors are elected by the CAM Membership. The newly elected 2019 Directors are: Tricia Ruby, President/CEO, Ruby+Associates, Inc., Bingham Farms; Matthew Cramer, President, Dee Cramer Inc., Holly; and Frank Jonna, CEO, Jonna Companies, Detroit.  Outoing Directors include Joseph Fontanesi, Fontanasi and Kann Company; Tom Broad, Midwest Steel; and Jennifer Panning, Artisan Tile.

Other current members of the CAM Board of Directors are: Joshua Barney, JJ Barney Construction; Jeffrey Chandler, Valenti Trobec Chandler Inc./VTC Insurance Group; Stephen Frantz, Motor City Electric Company; Michael Green, John E. Green Company; and Paul Stachowiak, Integrated Design Solutions, LLC.

2019 Special Issue Awards: Submission Deadline Extended!

If you have a groundbreaking, beautiful, complicated construction project that deserves to be featured in the October 2019 CAM Magazine Special Issue, submit your entry today!

CAM Magazine’s Special Issue is published each October.  It highlights the 12 most outstanding construction projects, as determined by the CAM Magazine staff and the CAM Magazine Editorial Advisory Board.  Any project constructed or designed by a CAM member company, which has been completed or reached substantial completion between June 2018 and June 2019, is eligible for consideration.

As an added bonus to being featured in Special Issue 2019, the General Contractors/Construction Managers/Architects of each winning project will be presented with a commemorative plaque at an award ceremony held at the Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow in February 2020. They will also be eligible to be voted as the CAM 2019 Project of the Year.

There are great advertising opportunities in Special Issue 2019. Ad reservations can be made by calling Roy Jones at (248) 972-1115. The advertising deadline is August 23, 2019.

The deadline for submission has been extended to Friday, March 15, 2019.  Click here to download your entry form.

2019 Tradeshow

2019 Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow

CAM is pleased to announce that the Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will be returning to MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. This one-day tradeshow will be held on February 5, 2019 and will be attended by construction owners, contractors, suppliers, architects and engineers. Show hours are 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

The Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow will also play host to the CAM 133nd Annual Meeting, CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, and Construction Project of the Year Award, which will be held inside the Sound Board. CAMTEC, the training and education division of CAM, will offer classes during the tradeshow, as well.

Available Booth Space

Space is selling quickly! Currently, only 35 booths remain. All remaining space will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Don’t miss this opportunity to exhibit your company’s products or services to 1,200 attendees and get priority booth selection in 2020!

For more information contact Ron Riegel at 248-972-1000, ext. 1110, or visit our website at www.BuildwithCAM.com/tradeshow.

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Update on the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center Project

On Wednesday, August 16, 2018, the project team of the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center presented an informational seminar at Greektown Casino Hotel in Detroit. The project partners are contractor Barton Malow, Bedrock Detroit, HOK Architects and Wayne County.

On behalf of the Wayne County Department of Human Relations, Victoria Iniss-Edwards gave tips on how to successfully qualify to be a part of the project, including becoming a Wayne County Certified company, and considering Mentor-Venturing or Joint-Venturing. A Wayne County Certification is good for three years and can be re-issued by contacting her office. Additional information, including how to register in Procure to Pay, can be found at www.waynecounty.com or by telephone at (313) 224-5021.

Dannis Mitchell, Barton Malow diversity manager, spoke on local participation and what interested parties will need to know in order to bid and work on the job. The project requires that 51 percent of total hours worked be completed by Wayne County residents.
Ms. Mitchell works closely in conjunction with Victoria Iniss-Edwards from Wayne County. Both women are available to answer any questions regarding the qualification process.

Jeff Goodale, ACA, global justice director at HOK Architects, spoke on the design of the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center. The project will include a juvenile detention facility (JDF), a courthouse (Court), and an adult detention facility (ADF) that will house 2,200 beds and offer counseling and rehabilitative spaces. Inclusively, the project will be 1 million SF located in Detroit at the intersections of Ferry Street, Russell Street and the Chrysler Service Drive. HOK Architects is the number-one architectural firm in the United States doing sustainable government work.

Barton Malow Project Director Andrew Miller and Project Manager Steve Ocana spoke on their company’s rich history of construction in the City of Detroit. They also presented the project timeline, as follows:

– Fall 2018 – Project begins / Site Mobilization / Demolition
– Winter 2018 – Foundations ADF
– Spring 2019 – Foundations ADF / Court / JDF
– Summer 2019 – Foundations ADF / Court / JDF /Prosecutor Sheriff / Superstructure ADF
– Fall 2019 – Foundations Pro-Sheriff / Superstructure ADF / Court / JDF
– Winter / Spring 2020 – Prosecutor / Sheriff Structure – All
– Summer / Fall 2020 – Superstructure Court, Pro-Sheriff / Enclosure MEP / FP, JDF / Court / Pro-Sheriff, Interior Rough & Fit-Out ADF / JDF / Court
– Winter / Spring 2021 – Building Enclosure Court / Pro-Sheriff, Interior Rough & Fit-Out ADF / JDF / Court
– Summer / Fall 2021 – Interior Fit-Out – All
– Winter / Spring 2022 – Interior Fit-Out – All, Commissioning – All
– Summer 2022 – Substantial Completion – FINISH

Note – All times are “targets” and are subject to change.

The Wayne County Criminal Justice Center will be bid in multiple bid packages – please refer to the timeline. At press time, only one contract has been awarded for precast work to Kerkstra Precast, Grandville, MI.

To find out more about the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center, visit www.bartonmalow.com/outreach and click on Projects; select Wayne County Criminal Justice Center; click on Project Registration; and complete the Project Registration Form. The page will also be frequently updated for bid package outreach events, project news, and more.  CAM Virtual Leads subscribers can stay up to date by tracking project #2018-580F.

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 ppalmer@flahertysales.com.

If you have Fall Protection training needs, contact CAMTEC at (248) 972-1133 or email lewis@buildwithcam.com.

  

 

 

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: buildwithcam.com/government-contacts. Tell them today that you support Senate Bill 1121, CAM’s Michigan Construction Payment Act!

Thank you for your support of this paramount issue.

Sincerely,

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

The Mid-Year Economic Forecast a Success

The Construction Association of Michigan (CAM), American Institute of Architects Michigan (AIA) and Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan (HBA) partnered to present the eighth annual Mid-Year Economic Forecast and State of the Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The event was held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi and featured Keynote speakers Eric Bussis, Michigan Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the Michigan Department of Treasury and Jim Baird, partner with Plante Moran Financial Advisors, Chief Investment Officer and Investment Committee Chair.

Kevin Koehler, president of CAM noted, “With this annual event, we have created a valuable service to everyone involved in construction. We offer them the opportunity to convene to gain national and regional perspectives on our economy and the impact on our industry.”

Michael Stoskopf, CEO of HBA chimed in before the event, “This is the eighth year we are producing this event and we anticipate that both speakers will offer important insights to aid the audience in making their business plans for the remainder of 2018 and beyond.”

Click here to view the presentation as given by Mr. Eric Bussis, Michigan Chief Economist and Director of the Office of Revenue and Tax Analysis in the Michigan Dept of Treasury

Click here to view the presentation as given by Mr. Jim Baird, partner with Plante Moran Financial Advisors, Chief Investment Officer and Investment Committee Chair