Member Memo
A Monthly Publication of the
Building Contractors Association
of Northeast Indiana

Building Better Together. 

Since 1917
April 28, 2016
This Edition Sponsored By: 
Accident Fund  
In This Issue
BCA Night at the Ballpark
Thurs., May 19
6:05 p.m., Food Service
7:05 p.m., Game Start
Parkview Field

- Lunch & Learn -
Attracting & Recruiting Construction Tradespeople
Wed., June 1
Hall's Guesthouse

Annual Outing
Thurs., June 16
Coyote Creek

Construction Safety Forum: DOT Compliance
Thurs., June 23
BCA Office
Money-Saving Member Benefits
Get Involved with BCA!
As a volunteer-driven organization, BCA is continually seeking and encouraging member involvement.  With six standing committees, maybe we have a spot for you!  Call or E-mail Lori Harvey, lori@bcafortwayne.org, if you're interested.

2016 BCA Board of Directors


Mark Veerkamp

Shambaugh & Son, L.P.


Ron Roberts

1st Vice President

Schmidt Electric, Inc.


Brad Smith

2nd Vice President
Hagerman Group 


Greg Lynch


Almet, Inc.


Devon Kirk

Past President

Robert E. Crosby, Inc.

John Brogan 

BZW Master Painters

Mosaic Building Solutions 

Erie Haven, Inc.

Jim Lemberg
Tile Interiors, Inc. 


Tad Marsh

Zumbrun Construction

C.M.S. Roofing, Inc.

Eric Pedersen
Fetters Construction

Mike Schenkel
Schenkel Construction

Gary Voirol
MSKTD & Associates

Mark Warsco
Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP

Weigand Construction
Quick Links...
Construction Expo Returns February 2017
BCA is pleased to announce a partnership with Coliseum Productions to revive the former BCA Construction Expo. Make plans now to participate in the Construction World Expo to take place February 22 & 23, 2017 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

After 34 years of annually producing the Expo, the BCA Board of Directors in 2011 decided to make a strategic shift away from the business of show production to focus more on the internal programs of the Association. Over the last five years, several BCA committees have added new programs and increased their activity levels. A new committee, the Young Professionals, was established. This was largely made possible by alleviating the extreme workload that self-producing an annual trade show created several months out of the year, freeing up very valuable resources of both staff and volunteer time.

Coliseum Productions has provided show logistics and management for 3000 events in 250 cities. David Marquart, the president, is a trade and consumer show industry veteran, having devoted most of his 30-year career to the profession. He plans to expand the reach of the former BCA show to include all commercial and residential construction, to reach out to more trade associations and professional societies to join with the show, and to build quality programming -- all to create an exciting, comprehensive industry event for both exhibitors and show visitors alike.

For sponsorship or exhibitor information, please call Dave Marquart at (317) 714-6734 or email him at dave@coliseumproductions.net. Or you may visit the official show website, www.constructionworldexpo.org. A portion of the income from booths purchased by members will be returned to the BCA to support year-round activities of our association.

BCA is excited to get back into show business, albeit now more in a support role. We hope you, the members, are too. Please plan to join us!  

BCA Supports Economic Development For Improved Local & Regional Economy
Companies in the business of construction in northeast Indiana depend heavily on an expanding economy in our geographic area. Last year BCA and its investors provided a total of $25,000 to professional economic development organizations (LEDOs) in Allen County and the region, taking aggregate contributions since 1995 to $499,500.
construction_engineer.jpg 2015 saw our fifth year leadership-level investment of $10,000 with the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and its Regional Opportunities Council (ROC). The BCA board vice president holds a seat on the ROC board, which gives BCA a direct and equal vote with the other investors and helps us keep our fingers on the pulse of regionally-focused economic development activities.
Last year was the fourth year of $1,000 investments in ten county-level economic development entities outside of Allen, and its believed the added support has been instrumental in helping build relationships and involvement with the groups promoting business expansion and attraction in other areas of northeast Indiana. BCA's goal is again $1000 investments with these same ten counties for 2016.
2016 saw Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW) appoint Eric Doden as the new CEO. We look to Eric and his team to strengthen GFW's position as the unified model of economic development in Allen County. Our investment goal is again $5,000 with GFW. The BCA Board of Directors voted to adjust the standing of GFW making it tertiary in investment consideration to the ROC and the regional counties based on BCA being a regionally focused trade association.
Our campaign goal for 2016 is $25,000. If you are not a current investor in this campaign and have interest, please contact BCA Executive Director, Lori Harvey, to learn more. Commit to investing in our industry's future through BCA and its 2016 economic development campaign.  100% of investments are given to these nonprofit entities; none is retained by BCA. 
Special Appreciation to 2016 Economic Development Investors as of 4/28/2016: 

Barton Coe Vilamaa
Brooks Construction Co., Inc. 
CME Corporation 
Central Rent-A-Crane 
Dirig Sheet Metal 
Erie Haven, Inc. 
Felderman Design-Build 
Graber & Graber Contractors 
Hamilton Hunter Builders, Inc. 
Hanning & Bean Enterprises 
ISU Stewart, Brimner, Peters & Co. 
Interior Products Supply 
James S. Jackson Co., LLC 

M & S Steel Corporation 
MSKTD & Associates 
MartinRiley Architects/Engineers 
Mosaic Building Solutions 
Nob Brick & Fireplaces 
Old National Insurance
Schmidt Electric 
Schust Engineering, Inc. 
Stone-Street Quarries 
TFE Transmission & Fluid Equipment 
VFP Fire Systems 
Votaw Electric, Inc. 
Zumbrun Construction
Special Thanks to Sponsor and Presenter of the Recent Social Media Seminar
Cyclone Social

BCA Night at Tincaps Join BCA May 19 for Night at the Ballpark
BCA ' s Y oung Professionals Group invites regular members to " crash " their 2015-16 YPF program finale offering an evening of fun and friendship ...
Building Bridges Between Generations.
Positioned atop the left field wall with an overhead trellis and an area for gathering, guests will enjoy padded seats and a food rail on the Home Run Porch.  All-you-can-eat food service offering ballpark fare will be served fro m 6:05 to 7:35 p.m. 
This "Thirsty Thursday" game offers post-game fireworks! 
National Safety Stand-Down
The purpose of the National Fall Prevention Stand-Down is to raise awareness of preventing fall hazards in construction. Fatalities caused by falls from elevation continue to be a leading cause of death for construction workers, accounting for 345 of the 899 construction fatalities recorded in 2014. Those deaths were preventable. Fall prevention safety standards were among the top 10 most frequently cited OSHA standards, during fiscal year 2014.

For more information on how to participate, click here.
Special Thanks to the March Young  Professionals Event Sponsor
...with a Program on Personal Development

Shambaugh _ Son_ L.P.
For information on sponsoring an
upcoming YPF program, click here.
Architecture Billings Index Ends First Quarter on an Upswing
The Architecture Billings Index reflects consecutive months of increasing demand for design activity at architecture firms. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture billings and construction spending. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the March ABI score was 51.9, up from the mark of 50.3 in the previous month. This score reflects an increase in design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 58.1, down from a reading of 59.5 the previous month.
"The first quarter was somewhat disappointing in terms of the growth of design activity, but fortunately expanded a bit entering the traditionally busy spring season. The Midwest is lagging behind the other regions, but otherwise business conditions are generally healthy across the country," said AIA Chief Economist, Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, PhD. "As the institutional market has cooled somewhat after a surge in design activity a year ago, the multi-family sector is reaccelerating at a healthy pace."

Key March ABI highlights:
    * Regional averages: South (52.4), Northeast (51.0), West (50.4), Midwest (49.8)
    * Sector index breakdown: multi-family residential (55.7), commercial / industrial (51.8), mixed practice (50.0), institutional (48.0)
    * Project inquiries index: 58.1
    * Design contracts index: 51.8
The regional and sector categories are calculated as a 3-month moving average, whereas the national index, design contracts and inquiries are monthly numbers.

Source:  The American Institute of Architects 

Office Depot and BCA Partner to Help Members Save on Office Supplies 

Office Depot Member Advantage Program

BCA is pleased to offer members a group purchasing program, the Office Depot BCA Member Advantage Program.  Take advantage of purchasing power available when you pool your office supply needs with other members.  Participants can receive up to 80% off regular retail prices on core items most commonly used by businesses. Enrollment is free - never any fees or minimum purchase requirements!  For more information, contact Christopher Michaels of Office Depot at 260 242-3171 or complete and return the enrollment form.

Thank You for Your Membership Renewals... 
Membership Investments Received
March 14 to April 28
  • Badger Daylighting Corp.
  • Carter-Waters
  • Hanson Aggregates
  • Jack Laurie Group
  • Mobile Mini Inc.
  • Specialized Printed Products, Inc .

Help Build Strength in Membership 

Membership retention and growth are vital elements in the pursuit of furthering BCA's objectives to provide opportunities for members to be more effective participants in the commercial construction industry in northeast Indiana. Currently the association's membership base encompasses over 260 companies representing the whole commercial construction process - including general and specialty contractors, architects and engineers, and materials and professional service providers.


Please take the time to review our membership listing. This is an excellent resource for quality contractors and suppliers of materials and professional services. Also, we strongly encourage your patronage of members!


As you look over the membership roster, who is missing that you do business with? E-mail or call the BCA office contact information, then the Membership Committee will follow up and mail your prospect a packet of information outlining the benefits of membership noting you as a referral. An  electronic membership packet is also available for your use.
Let's work to build strength in membership! Building Better Together.

Fort Wayne - Allen County - New Haven - Leo

Commercial Building Permit Activity 

Year Ago 
March 2015       
Building Permits


- 6.7%
Total Value
Average Job Value
- 30.5%