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February 15, 2017
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The Latest News from CAM - The Construction Association of Michigan
NewBoardCAM Inducts New Chairman and Three New Board Members

The 131st CAM Annual Meeting was held on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Nearly 500 CAM Members were in attendance at the luncheon meeting, which featured Keynote Speaker Steve Ogden, vice president of state and local government affairs at Quicken Loans.
At the meeting, CAM inducted its 2017 Chairman of the Board along with three new Board members.
CAM's 2017 Chairman of the Board is John Raimondo, corporate director and international business unit leader at Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights. He also currently serves as Chairman of CAM's Government Affairs Committee.
Each year three Directors retire from CAM's 12-member Board, and three new Directors are elected by the CAM Membership. The newly elected 2017 Directors are: Stephen Frantz, executive vice president of Motor City Electric Co., Detroit; Samuel Ruegsegger III, project executive for the Christman Company, Detroit; and Paul Stachowiak, president of Integrated Design Solutions, LLC, Troy.   
Other current members of the CAM Board of Directors are: Kerlin Blaise of Blaze Contracting, Inc.; Thomas Broad of Midwest Steel, Inc.; Joseph Fontanesi of Fontanesi & Kann Co. / Architectural Building Components, Inc.; Kevin Foucher of Commercial Contracting Corp.; Brad Leidal, of Leidal & Hart Mason Contractors, Inc.; Jennifer Panning of Artisan Tile, Inc.; Preston Wallace of Limbach Company, LLC; and Erik Wordhouse of Edwards Glass Company.  
CFEntriesCAM Magazine Special Issue 2017 Call for Entries

In early January 2017, a letter and forms were mailed to the CAM Membership regarding "Call for Entries" for Special Issue 2017. This issue will be published in October and will feature the 12 most outstanding construction projects of the past year, as voted upon by the staff of CAM Magazine. 
Winning projects will be featured in the October issue, and will receive a plaque at the CAM Annual Meeting in February 2018. They are also eligible to be voted as 2017 Project of the Year.
Deadline for entries is Friday, March 3, 2017. Hard copies only, please - no electronic submissions.
BowlingCAM Men's Doubles Classic Bowling Tournament - February 25th

Plan on joining CAM for the 66th Annual Men's Doubles Classic Bowling Tournament. This important CAM tradition will continue on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Thunderbowl Lanes in Allen Park.
The day begins at Noon (open bowling and registration at 10:30 am), followed by a great buffet dinner, awards and door prizes. Bowlers are also invited to stay for an evening of cards following dinner.
This tournament is open to all men who work for CAM Member companies. Click here to download the registration form. The February 10th registration deadline has been extended! Contact Ron Riegel for more information (248) 972-1000.

You won't want to miss this fun-filled day!
JobPosterUpdated Jobsite Posters Available Now at CAM

Are your jobsite posters compliant with federal and state law? If not, get the most up-to-date poster from CAM, available now.
CAM Publishes an all-in-one, plastic laminated, 30" x 60" jobsite poster that contains seven federal and seven Michigan posters required on all jobsites for 2017.
Posters are $45 each, but CAM Members pay only $35! For purchase information, contact Mary Carabott at CAM (248) 972-1000.
MemberBeneCAM Member Benefit: Great Projects Start with CAM 

Find the bidding opportunities you are interested in quickly and easily with CAM Virtual Planroom Network (VPN). Whether you need continuous access to bidding information statewide, or details about just one project in your region, we have a service for you.
As an active member of CAM, you are granted FREE access to the planrooms located at our 43636 Woodward Avenue and 334 S. Water Street locations.  If you prefer to check out project bidding activity from the comfort of your home or office, consider a subscription to our Virtual Planroom Network. VPN is currently reporting on more than 600 projects throughout the State of Michigan, Northern Ohio, and Northern Indiana.
We can provide you with the information necessary to keep your crews working through the summer.  Subscribe before February 28th and save up to $660!* 
Contact us today at (248) 972-1000 for a free demo of the Virtual Planroom Network.
*Offer valid for new subscribers only.
EducateCAMTEC's Upcoming Classes

Thank you for supporting continuing education in the construction industry! Please see the links below for upcoming class information, cost, and registration. If you need further assistance, contact Diane Sawinski  at CAM (248) 972-1133. 
OSHA 30-Hour
February 20, 22, 27 & March 1 - 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Recommended for employees with a responsibility for site safety, this 4-day course covers OSHA policies, procedures and standards, as well as construction safety and health principles. Topics include the scope and application of the OSHA construction standards including inspections, citations and appeals, as well as employee & employer rights under the Act. Additional topics include Pre-Task Planning, Focus-Four Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and construction specific health issues, among others.
Mitigating Contract Risk
February 23 - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Construction contracts often contain risk-shifting clauses that must either be negotiated out of the agreement or, if they cannot be negotiated, notes as an important requirement and followed by the project team. This class identifies the most common risk-shifting clauses and presents strategies for negotiating over, mitigating, and managing them.  
Lead Renovator Refresher
February 24 - 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
This refresher course is the EPA Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP), a half-day course that provides basic lead-based paint information to contractors who perform renovations, repairs, and painting activities in houses built before 1978 or child-occupied facilities, as required by EPA and the State of Michigan. Course topics include: lead characteristics, uses, health effects on adults and children, lead-safe work practices to minimize lead containing dust during work activities, negative lead assessments, clean up procedures, post-cleaning verification, personal protection equipment, training of non-certified workers, and documentation.
OSHA 7845: Recordkeeping Rule Seminar
February 28 - 8:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
This course covers OSHA requirements for maintaining and posting records of occupational injuries and illnesses, and reporting specific cases to OSHA. Upon course completion, students will have the ability to identify OSHA requirements for recordkeeping, posting and reporting and to complete OSHA Form 300 Log of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, OSHA Form 300A Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses, and OSHA Form 301 Injury and Illness Incident Report.
Construction Liens: A Remedy for Payment on Private Projects Against the Owner's Land
March 2 - 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
This is a fast-paced nuts and bolts workshop on how to establish a construction lien for contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers on commercial, industrial, office, and residential projects.  Learn how to prevent liens if you are an owner or a general contractor. Learn the critical time periods and how to fill out the notice of furnishing, claim of lien, sworn statement, lien waiver, and other necessary forms. In these challenging times, when getting paid is so important, this workshop is a must for owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
OSHA 7400: Trainer Course for Construction Noise
March 6 - 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
This course covers the evaluation and reduction of noise hazards in the construction industry. Course topics include OSHA Construction Noise Standards, properties of sound, noise-induced hearing loss, noise exposure control, selection and use of hearing protection, conducting sound level surveys, and worker training. Classroom demonstrations of noise instrumentation and hearing protection devices are featured. The target audience is the construction employer or representative designated with the responsibility to develop a construction noise program. Upon course completion students will understand the properties of sound and its relationship to noise-induced hearing loss, hearing protection usage, how to conduct sound level surveys and the requirements for training workers.
Other Upcoming Classes:
SummitConstruction Summit and Forecast - April 4th 

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation will be holding their Construction Summit and 2017 Development & Construction Forecast on April 4, 2017. The event will be held at Lake Superior State University Cisler Center Ballroom in Sault Ste. Marie.
  • Time: 7:30 am - 11:00 am
  • Registration begins at 7:30 am
  • Breakfast begins at 8:00 am
  • Presentations begin at 9:00 am
  • Agenda: To gather local construction teams as well as developers and showcase Northern Michigan assets and how we can assist in moving forward with these key projects.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. For attendance or sponsorship information, contact Tracey Laitinen at (906) 632-5779 by March 6th, or visit

DustDust Management Workshop, March 21st in Grand Rapids

When: Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Time: 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: LV Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI
Fugitive dust from roads, surface lots, storage piles, and other sources contributes to air pollution. Additionally, asbestos from demolition activities can present environmental concerns if not properly handled. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is presenting the Dust Management Workshop to provide information on how to control fugitive dust at public and private facilities, lots, and roads, as well as dust management at demolition sites.

To help comply with environmental requirements relating to fugitive dust, attendees will receive an overview of particulate matter and fugitive dust regulations, and related health issues. The workshop will also provide a profile of dust control methods, approaches for developing solid fugitive dust plans, and success stories on dust management such as the use of Detroit's wet-wet method.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND? This workshop is recommended for anyone dealing with fugitive dust issues, including:
  • Municipal, county, or state road repair and maintenance personnel;
  • Local officials involved with zoning, site location, selection, or approval;
  • Owners/managers of unpaved lots or salvage yards;
  • Concrete and asphalt crushing operations;
  • Trucking business and rail yard operations;
  • Sand blasting operations;
  • Building construction or demolition;
  • Quarry and mining operations; and
  • environmental consultants.

Attendees of this workshop will receive both the Managing Fugitive Dust and the Nonmetallic Mineral Crushing Facilities guidebooks.

This workshop qualifies for 3 CEHs for Professional Engineers.

For more information or to register,  please click here.

NEWNational Engineers Week - February 19th Through 25th
National Engineers Week will run February 19 through 25, 2017. The purpose of the Observance is to call attention to the contributions to society that engineers make. It is also a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills.

The Observance began in 1951. It is held in conjunction with U.S. President George Washington's Birthday on February 22. President Washington is considered the nation's first engineer, notably for his work as a surveyor.

During this year's Observance, a new film, entitled, "Dream Big" will be released at IMAX movie theaters around the nation. The film describes and documents the importance of engineering in our everyday lives and the contributions that the engineering profession make to our quality of life and infrastructure. The movie will be released in Michigan on February 17, 2017 at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, and at The Henry Ford Museum IMAX Theater in Dearborn. Information on the film is available by clicking here.

Information and teacher resources are available by clicking here. Also, a  special Girls Day event will be held on February 23, 2017 to promote engineering careers for female students.

MaxxonMaxxon and Kent Companies Host Acoustical Symposium
Join Maxxon and Kent Companies for an informative overview of the latest in acoustical considerations related to:
  • Multistory Construction
  • Mass Timber Designs - CLT and NLT
  • ICC Acoustical Recommendations

This event will be held on March 14th in Grand Rapids at the JW Marriott Hotel, and on March 15th in Detroit at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton - Fort Shelby. The Guest Speaker will be Richard Kolano. 


Participants will earn three (3) AIA Learning Units and/or three (3) ICC Education hours.


Register online at:


ICSCICSC to Host West Michigan Seminar March 7th
The International Council of Shopping Centers' (ICSC) 14th Annual West Michigan P3 Retail Program will convene on Tuesday, March 7th at the JW Marriott, 235 Louis Street NW, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Anyone interested in retail development, commercial real estate trends, filling empty storefronts and connecting with investors, should know that more than 200 Retailers, Real Estate Developers, Public Officials, DDA Reps, Economic Developers, Professional Service providers and Contractors will be in attendance. 
Expert speakers include Steve Calveley, Maplegrove Property Management (re: 234 Market Avenue redevelopment); Rick Chapla, The Right Place; Michael Khouri, PREIT (re: status of the Sears store at Woodland Mall); Christine Zuzga, City of Battle Creek, Mike Franzak, City of Muskegon, and Michelle Parkkonen, MEDC (re: Redevelopment Ready Communities); Nick Rau, Moosejaw; James Ferro, Ada Township (re: Ada Village redevelopment); Christopher Brochert, Lormax Stern Development Company; and Scott Wierda, CWD Real Estate.
Press registration is complimentary. Please contact Nicole Bacharach in ICSC's media relations department to obtain press credentials. She can be reached at (646) 728-3517 or .
General registration is open at

SocialMark Your Calendars for these Upcoming CAM 2017 Events

February 21 - Batch Brewing Company Fundraiser
February 25 - Men's Doubles Classic Bowling Tournament
March 3 - European Pheasant Hunt
March 8 - Ontario Hockey League Game - Saginaw Spirit vs. Flint Firebirds
March 14 - Sherwood Brewing Co. Fundraiser
April 7 - Tigers Opening Day Tailgate Event
April 25 - Wolverine State Brewing Co. Fundraiser
May 16 - CAM Sporting Clays - Detroit Gun Club
June 15 - CAM / HBA / AIA Mid-Year Economic Forecast
June 20 - Golf Outing - Bay Pointe Golf Club
July Date TBD - Golf Outing - Links of Novi
July 25 - Baseball Game - Tigers vs. Kansas City Royals
August Date TBD - Golf Outing
August 19 - Cruise In to CAM - Woodward Dream Cruise
September 12 - CAM Sporting Clays - Hunters Creek Club
September 21 - Boy Scouts Building Connections Event
September Date TBD - Golf Outing
December 6 - CAM / ASSE Safety Leadership Conference

For more information, visit the Calendar of Events on the CAM website at
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 Amanda Tackett
Construction Association of Michigan