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                                                                                                                                                                                             JULY/AUGUST 2008
                                                                                                                                                                                             Volume 3 No. 2
                                                                                                                                                                                             CHARLOTTE, NC

                            Thank you for bringing the
                         Carolina's construction industry
                         together through your leadership
                            and support of merit shop,
                            worker safety and training.                                                                                                           NextPlans
                                Where all members                                                                                                
                               have an equal voice.                                                                                                        Proud Member of the ABC of the Carolinas

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                 COURTESY OF SAFETYTECH CONSUL TANTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                      page 3
                       25 Years of Making Tracks                                                         High-Dollar Military Projects
                       in the Construction Industry                                                       Risks in Nonresidential Construction
                                                                                                         Have NC Construction
                                                                                                            Increase the Need for Management
                       This month’s          FEATURES                                                    Firms Salivating Safety Education
                                                                                                              Commitment to
                       Charlotte Community News 2
                       Commitment to Safety Education 3
                       Leading Causes of Fatalities 4                                                     Today’s School Construction
                       ABCC Celebrates 10th 5                                                                         Projects Require
                       Today’s School Construction 7
                       Publisher’s 8                                                        Flexibility, Teamwork
                       25 Years of Making Tracks 9

                                                                                                                                                                                                                COURTESY OF THE FW A GROUP, ARCHITECTS. PHOTO BY PETER BRENTLINGER
                       Interview with FMI’s Hank Harris 11                                                                                                                   page 7

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BottomLine Is Giving Something Back                                          at Marine Corps Air Station New River, Camp Lejeune, NC.           elected Board members include: Tommy Almond – L. T. Me-
                                                                                 Other recent opportunities in NC included several indefinite   chanical, Inc., Carl Carney, Davie Construction Co., Inc., Mike
                                                                             delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for general construction    Howard, David Allen Co., Inc. and Mike Lester , Forensic En-
                                                                             work, a new instructional building, and civil engineering con-     gineering, Inc. The CPN of NC 2007 Star Award Winners are
                                                                             tracts with the Navy; a health clinic addition for the Army at     Lowe’s Motor Speedway, 7 th Floor Executive Suite, Edifice,
                                                                             Fort Bragg; a parking garage for Veterans Administration in        Inc. (under $10 million project) and Proximity Hotel/Printworks
                                                                             Durham; and several smaller opportunities for various agencies     Bistro, Weaver Cooke Construction (over $10 million project).
                                                                             throughout the state. As new opportunities are announced, the
                                                                             NC Military Business Center (NCMBC) - a state funded busi-         Charlotte T ops Raleigh-Durham in For tune’s ‘Best
                                                                             ness development agency that operates under the supervision of
                                                                                                                                                Places’ List
                                                                             The North Carolina Community College System - continues to
                                                                                                                                                   Charlotte ranked No. 8 out of the 100 cities ranked in the
                                                                             try to engage NC businesses and assist them in their pursuit of
                                                                                                                                                Fortune Small Business magazine’ s “Best Places to Live and
                                                                             these substantial opportunities. For more information on up-
                                                                                                                                                Launch” list. Durham ranked No. 12 ahead of Raleigh, which is
                                                                             coming military construction opportunities, contact NC Mili-
                                                                                                                                                No 20. Other NC cities that made the 100 were Asheville (No.
                                                                             tary Business Center at 910-355-1610 or
                                                                                                                                                41), Greensboro (No. 50) and Winston-Salem (No. 56).
                                                                             UMCNC Elects New Boar d and Of ficers                              Plumbing Apprenticeship Pr ogram Offered at CPCC
    BottomLine Construction Services, Inc. of Charlotte, be-                    The United Minority Contractors of North Carolina
lieves in giving something back to its clients by offering “free”                                                                                  Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC) of fers a
                                                                             (UMCNC) elected new board members representing dif ferent          plumbing apprenticeship program modeled on the National
project management seminars. In March BottomLine hosted                      areas of the state at their annual general membership meeting.
the first of its “free” seminars with twenty-eight managers in at-                                                                              Center for Construction Education & Research curriculum. At
                                                                             Newly elected officers are secretary, Cynthia O’Neal, Attorney     $85 per student per semester , employers can groom plumbing
tendance representing twelve firms from the Charlotte area.                  at Law (Zebulon) and treasurer , Tony Hayes, NC Indian Eco-
Darrell Stewart, President/CEO said that future “free” seminars                                                                                 employees into professional plumbing journeymen. Classes
                                                                             nomic Development Initiative (Fayetteville). Other newly           start August 19. Contact Sheila Tzerman at 704-330-4408 or
are planned throughout the Carolinas and other states.Visit their            elected board members were Jamal Mention, The Mention
website, to register for up-                                                                        CPCC also of fers classes in Back-
                                                                             Group (Greensboro); Ken Weeden, Ken Weeden & Associates            flow Prevention, Basic Plumbing and Plumbing Code Qualifi-
coming seminars.                                                             (Wilmington); Derrick Giles, ENPULSE Energy Conservation           cations for Inspectors. Contact Steve Corriher at 704-330-4421
                                                                             (Greensboro) and Vinnie Goel, NFE Technologies (Morrisville).      or
                                                                             More information about UMCMC can be found at
Military Constr uction Continues to Pr esent Big Oppor-            
tunities                                                                                                                                        HCAC Opens New Of fices
   In a market poised to generate $5 billion in construction con-                                                                                  Members of the Hispanic ContractorsAssociation of the Car-
                                                                             CPN of NC Elects Of ficers                                         olinas celebrated the grand opening of the new HCAC office at
tracts over the next five years, a lot happens in a short period of             The 2008-09 officers of the Construction Professionals Net-                                                           .
                                                                                                                                                the association’s quarterly membership meeting in May The of-
time. For The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company of fice in                  work of NC were elected at the 10th Annual Conference. They        fice is located at the Community Center of Plaza Fiesta Caroli-
Raleigh, NC, last quarter presented big opportunities. In April              are: Ted Edwards, Smith Moore Law Firm, president, Terry
2008, the Department of Defense announced that they were                                                                                        nas. The next membership meting will be held August 21. For
                                                                             Lester, Labor Source, president-elect, Todd Creech, Edifice,       information contact HCAC at or at
awarded a $35,631,000 firm-fixed-price contract for design and               Inc., treasurer, Mickey Norris, The John R. McAdams Co., sec-
construction of an aircraft maintenance hanger, phases I and II,             retary. Immediate past president is Bill Miller , Jr. Newly                                               ––––––––––––––––––
                                                                                                                                                                                            Continued on page 12
                                                                                                                                               The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News – July/August 2008 – PAGE 3

Risks in Nonresidential Construction Increase the Need
for Management Commitment to Safety Education
 ELLISON CLARY – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News                                                                                                               COURTESY OF SAFETYTECH CONSUL TANTS

    With falls a constant hazard, the general             “Sometimes you get on one of these
contractor on a 17-story condo in Raleigh             construction sites and you think, ‘What are
innovated to keep construction workers se-            you people doing?’ Allen says. “Other
cured to their perches.                               times you stop and take pictures because
    Choate Construction Company built                 that scaffold’s so great, or these guys are
worker tie-off straps into the structure at all       doing it the right way.”
necessary spots. The firm looped fall-arrest              In his 15 years with the Department of
straps through rebar and cast them directly           Labor, Allen has watched significant safety
into the concrete frame.                              progress. Statistics show that construction
    “Our project team thought, ‘Why don’ t            still logs more fatalities than any other in-
people tie off?’” explains David Knudson,             dustry, but deaths are dropping – from 29
vice president and division manager of                in 2006 to 24 in 2007 and just 10 through
Choate’s Raleigh of fice. “Mainly because             April of the year that ends September 30.
they don’t have a convenient place to tie of f            “What we consider the big hazards
to,” Knudson adds in answer to his own                would be electrocutions and falls, being
question. “Any place and every place we               struck by objects and being caught between
thought there was a significant fall hazard,          objects,” Allen says, adding that trenching
we cast the straps into the structure.”               is always dangerous, as well.
    That’s one of many moves by contrac-                  Allen’s department has safety compli-
tors and subcontractors in North Carolina             ance partnerships with contractors on such        PHOTO COURTESY OF SAFETY MAKER
to lessen the danger of injury or death on            high profile projects as the Raleigh Con-
construction jobs. Joining the crusade are            vention Center and the NASCAR Hall of               Weatherman sees a definite need to               as roofing, siding, drywall and steel erec-
OSHA and the NC Department of Labor as     ,          Fame and Wachovia First Street Cultural          reach out to Latino construction workers.           tion.
well as various industry associations.                Complex rising in Charlotte. It also works          “The people who are getting hurt are the            That’s where Luisa Moreno comes in.
    One of the largest general contractors in         with home builders associations and trade        Hispanics,” Weatherman says. Part of the            She’s executive director of the Hispanic
the southeast, Atlanta-based Choate quickly           organizations.                                   reason is that they are the “grunts,” the peo-      Contractors Association of the Carolinas,
caught the attention of the state Department              Then there’s Labor One, a mobile safety      ple who do the dirty work.                          based in Fort Mill, SC.
of Labor for its tie-of f straps that workers         training unit inside a recreational vehicle         But he also traces the situation to a lack          “Unfortunately, many times Latino
can attach their safety harnesses to at the           that the Department of Labor sends on re-        of safety emphasis in Latin America. That
West Condominiums, which are still under              quest to jobsites to conduct free instruction.   translates into lots of accidents in trades          ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
construction.                                         Some trainers are fluent in Spanish.             with large numbers of Latino workers such                                                Continued on page 4
    “NCDOL loved it and took lots of pho-                 Most of this wouldn’ t be as ef fective
tos and promoted it on other projects,”               without what Mac Weatherman sees as the

Knudson says. “It’ s relatively cost-ef fec-          biggest safety catalyst. It’ s management
tive, easy to install and it’ s something that        commitment, says Weatherman, the presi-
can disappear at the end of the job and not           dent of Safety Tech Consultants of Win-
affect the project.”
    Innovations such as that help reduce
construction fatalities and injuries, says
                                                          Weatherman’s 15-year-old firm offers a
                                                      worksite audit to show contractors and sub-
                                                                                                                                                S C
Bennett Allen, safety compliance officer for          contractors OSHA’s points of emphasis.
the NC Department of Labor Occupational               He’s also a member of the Triad Safety
Safety and Health Division.
    From his Raleigh base, Allen sees the
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                                                      Contractors of the Carolinas and the corre-
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 PAGE 4 – July/August 2008 – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News

                                                                                                                                                                                              COURTESY OF SAFETY MAKER

Safety Education
Continued from page 3
workers learn from their own experience,”
she says. “If they get hurt or have an acci-
dent, that’ s how they start paying atten-
   Her organization of 86 members of fers
monthly training and cooperates with con-
struction companies that voluntarily help
out. In early May , her group held a Con-
struction Safety and Health Fair near
Carowinds on the NC-SC border . It drew
about 500 people. From bi-lingual teachers,
they took instructions related to safety in
electrical, excavation and scaffolding work.
   Casey Willett also teaches in his job as
safety specialist for Coble Trench Safety of
Greensboro. He’s a strong supporter of
OSHA work rules and feels there are good                                                                                                                   Leading Causes of Fatalities in
reasons for their existence.                                                                                                                                 the Construction Industry
   “There are some companies that do not
take safety precautions until after they have                                                                                                              —Falls from heights is the cause in 33 percent
had an injury on a jobsite or an OSHA                                                                                                                       of the incidences;
fine,” he says. “Our services and training                                                                                                                 —Struck by something accounts for 22 percent
are available to help prevent both.”                                                                                                                        of the deaths;
   Along with steel erection, trenching is                                                                                                                 —Caught between things makes up 18 percent;
construction’s most dangerous area, Willett                                                                                                                —Electrical shock is responsible for 17 percent
feels. He’s seen constant user -friendly in-                                                                                                                of the deaths; and
novations in trenching equipment, such as                                                                                                                  —Other makes up the remaining 10 percent.
slide rails and lighter weight aluminum
trench boxes. These fit in tight spaces                                                                                                                   Source: Construction Informer
where heavier steel boxes wouldn’t go.                                                                                                          
   Better, more user -friendly equipment
has impressed Kenny Boggs. For three
years, he’s been director of safety services
for the Carolinas Association of General                            ing to wear,” he says. Chuckling, he adds,         “They’ve got webbing in them so they stay       partnership between NC OSHA and the
Contractors based in Charlotte. Before that,                        “You’ll see individuals driving down the in-       on your head. They’re lighter but still just    construction industry.
he was safety manager for the Charlotte-                            terstate or on their motorcycle with their         as strong.”                                         “A skilled workforce is becoming more
Mecklenburg School System.                                          tinted safety glasses on.”                             For all its subcontractors, Choate re-      and more of a valuable resource,” Choate’  s
   Boggs picks safety glasses as an exam-                               Jim Spratley , Choate’ s Raleigh of fice       views safety programs, says Spratley , and      Knudson explains. “Companies recognize
ple. “Now they have anti-fog coating,                               safety director, praises equipment improve-        Mike Johnson of John S. Clark Company ,         that. So they’ve increased their ef forts to
scratch resistant coating and they’re actu-                         ments, too. “Hard hats are still hot, but          LLC, says that’s true of his Mt. Airy-based     keep people safe.”
ally a lot more stylish and a lot cooler look-                      they’re a lot more comfortable,” he says.          firm, too.                                          The entire industry is coming to appre-
                                                                                                                           A field safety coordinator for a decade,    ciate that safety is cost-ef fective, says
                                                                                                                       Johnson used to encounter resistance to         Knudson. “Y our insurance rates benefit
         BOTTOMLINE CONSTRUCTION SERVICES, INC.                                                                        safety measures from some subs. Strict          from maintaining an excellent safety
                                                                                                                       policies have helped him scale that hurdle.     record,” he says. Then he adds another
                            Construction Claims Consultants                                                                “We do on-site safety orientations with     caveat.
                                                                                                                       every worker before we start work,” John-           “From a morale standpoint, safety em-
       “Providing professional assistance to attorneys, owners, contractors,                                           son says. “From the guy sweeping the floor                                       e
                                                                                                                                                                       phasis is very good,” he says. “W train and
        sureties, subcontractors, lending institutions, developers, insurance                                          to the project manager for the subcontrac-      retrain our field employees in various
         companies and architect/engineers in dispute resolution, project                                              tor, we’ve got an accountability program. If    things, from equipment operation, safe tool
       planning/scheduling, construction management, claims preparation/                                                                                 ,
                                                                                                                       they don’t pay attention to safety they’re in   operations, to personal protection equip-
        defense and providing expert testimony in arbitration and litigation.”                                         breach of contract.”                            ment to fall protection.
                                                                                                                           The approach works. The company is a            “When you take time to do that, they
                                                                                                                       multi-year winner of the NC OSHA Build-         feel valued. You get better productivity
                1515 Mockingbird Lane, Suite 714 Charlotte, NC 28209                                                   ing Star Award. Johnson says he appreci-        from people as a result of them feeling bet-
                  704-525-0343 Email:                                                       ates what state labor commissioner Cherie       ter about working for Choate.”
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                                                                                                           The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News – July/August 2008 – PAGE 5

        ABC of the Carolinas Celebrate 10th Year Anniversary

Bringing Contractors, Suppliers
     and Associates Together

 BEA QUIRK – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News

   Ten years ago, members of the Caroli -               growth rate in the country by presenting it
nas Electrical Contractors Association                  with the Mullan and Triple Crown awards.
(CECA) were looking for an or ganization                    ABCC members attending the “Birth-
where they could meet other subs, general               day Celebration in Charleston” will honor
contractors, suppliers and associates and               Gene Wilhelm with the Kirby Award, the
work together with them as equals to ad-                chapter’s highest and most respected award
dress common issues and needs.                          presented for outstanding service and com-
   They found what they were looking for                mitment. Wilhelm was instrumental in the
in Associated Builders and Contractors,                 creation of the ABCC and in gaining sup-
Inc. (ABC) and committed financial re-                  port from CECA and the national ABC or-
sources as well as key members’ time and                ganization, also serving as the chapter ’s
effort – to form ABC of the Carolinas                   first chairman.
(ABCC) in 1998. The national organiza-                      In announcing the award, ABCC Presi-
tion, founded in 1950, currently has 24,000             dent and CEO Doug Carlson said, “Start-
member companies in 78 chapters across                  ing a chapter is no easy feat. It takes a lot of
the U.S. with over 2 million employees.                 time and ef fort and substantial financial
   Introducing a new or ganization into a               commitment, and Gene was the bulldog to
two-state area and convincing companies –               get it done.”
many of them small subs – to sign up is an                  Chapter founders and pioneers recall
arduous and demanding task. Membership                  those dif ficult early years and why they
fluctuated between 35-50 members in the                 were so committed to ABCC’s success.
early years, and there were times that the                  “I believed in ABC’s message, and I be-
fledging chapter ’s future was in serious               lieved if we could hang in there, the mes-
doubt.                                                  sage would reach the ears of those who
   But thanks to the persistence and dedi-              needed to hear it,” says Gloria Shaw Bruce,
cated commitment of the founding board                  retired owner of Charlotte-based DSG
members, the or ganization not only en-                 Concrete Contractors and who joined
dured, but prevailed. Today there are 919               ABCC in its first year.
active and branch members. ABCC cele-                       “It was slow coming out of the ground,
brates its 10 th anniversary at its annual              and it was a struggle the first two years,”
conference in Charleston July 31-August                 founding member Ron Hinson of Hinson
2. It is the fastest growing ABC chapter in             Electric in Charlotte observes. “But ABC
the country.                                            had a strong Merit Shop message, strong
   ABCC’s membership has grown 35% in                   training for specialty contractors, and of-
each of the last four years, and the national           fered good networking opportunities.”
organization has honored it for three years
for achieving the highest membership                                                 Continued on page 6

          Photos, fr om top to bottom – Rodger Hveem, ABL & Associates Plumbing,
        Raleigh, (left) winner of ABC National’s Craft Pr ofessional of the Y ear Award.
            Rodgers Builders accepts Excellence in Constr uction Pr oject of the Y ear
                                   Award – U.S. National Whitewater Center , Charlotte
         ABC members with for mer Congressman Cass Ballenger r eceiving National
                                                            Legislator of the Y ear Award
                                  ABC social event at U.S. National Whitewater Center .
PAGE 6 – July/August 2008 – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News

ABC                                                    ABC of the Car olinas accepts Mullan A ward for outstanding membership
                                                                                                                                                       Active ABC of the Carolinas
Continued from page 5                                                  growth at the ABC National Convention
––––––––––––––––––––––                                                                                                                                 Founding Members
    Tom Kirby – the Kirby
Award is named after him,                                                                                                                              Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
retired from Austin Indus-                                                                                                                             Austin Industrial, Inc.
trial, credits ABC’s safety                                                                                                                            Bovis Lend Lease, Inc.
and craft training programs,                                                                                                                           Bryant-Durham Elec. Co., Inc.
as well as its networking op-                                                                                                                          Carolina CAT, Inc.
portunities, for its growth in                                                                                                                         Colter Electric Company
the Carolinas. “Subs love to                                                                                                                           Concrete Supply Company
                                                                                                                                                       Consolidated Electrical Distributors, Inc.
have the chance to have a
                                                                                                                                                       Crawford Sprinkler Co. of SC, Inc.
beer with general contrac-                                                                                                                             Crowder Construction Company
tors and get on their bid                                                                                                                              Ford & Harrison
list.” But the major appeal                                                                                                                            Gregory Electric Company, Inc.
of ABCC, he adds, has been                                                                                                                             Hinson Electric, Inc.
its fairness.                                                                                                                                          Howard Brothers Elec. Co., Inc.
    “One company, one vote                                                                                                                             Jordan, Price, Wall, Gray, Jones & Carlton
— that’s what differentiates                                                                                                                           MECI and Associates, Inc.
us. That has been the key ,”                                                                                                                           Miller & Long Company, Inc.
he says.                                    line to make sure the chap-      unions were not a force in       gage members, empower                    Pyramid Masonry Contractors, Inc.
    The board has played a                  ter made it.”                    the Carolinas, his member -      them to respond to local is-             Robeson Electric Co., Inc.
                                                                                                                                                       Shuler Electric, Inc.
key role, too. “W e took on                     Kirby and other founding     ship recruitment efforts fo-     sues and the local environ-
                                                                                                                                                       Starr Electric Company, Inc.
the largest geographic area                 members point to Carlson’ s      cused on the fact      ABCC      ment, and provide better                 SteelFab, Inc.
of any chapter and had to                   hiring in 2002 as the turning    provided an equal voice to       networking opportunities.                Stevens Interiors, Inc.
prove to people the need for                point in the chapter ’s his-     all those involved in the con-   Each council offers monthly              Tech Electric Corporation
another trade organization,”                tory. “Things took off when      struction industry.              programs and has its own                 Watson Electrical
Kirby observes. “You can’t                  Doug came       on board,”           “We’re the one construc-     committees, but works                    Willis of North Carolina, Inc.
do that overnight. But we                   Kirby says. “He was presi-       tion association where all       closely with the association
had a real cohesive and                     dent of a chapter in Michi-      the players are on equal         staff, which is based in
steadfast board that would                  gan, and he brought fantastic    footing. As a specialty con-     Charlotte.                             Triad, Charlotte and Wilm-     very dif ficult for them to
not give up. We felt the need               organizing skills.”              tractor, that means a lot to        “The local councils have            ington regions in North Car-   offer by themselves. The or-
and stuck our necks on the                      Carlson says that because    me,” says current ABCC           been a big plus for network-           olina and in the Upstate,      ganization also represents
                                                                             Chairman of the Board Art        ing and have helped with               Low Country and Columbia       members’ interests in the
                                                                             Odom of the Raleigh-based        membership growth,” Hin-               areas in South Carolina.       legislatures of both states.
                                                                             David Allen Company. “But        son comments. “They have                  In addition to network-     “We are the only group that
                                                                             I also like their advocacy of    helped us really blossom in            ing, ABCC provides mem-        represents the entire indus-
                                                                             a merit-based, open shop.”       the last four or five years.”          bers with workforce            try in both state capitals,”
                                                                                 Carlson also introduced         There are now seven                 development and training       Carlson says.
                                                                             local councils that better en-   councils in the      Triangle,         programs, something that is       One of ABCC’s most re-
                                                                                                                                                                                    cent accomplishments was
                                                                                                                                                                                    the passage of retainage re-
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                                                                                                                                                         The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News – July/August 2008 – PAGE 7

Today’s School Construction Projects
Require Flexibility, Teamwork                                                                                                                            COURTESY OF THE FW A GROUP, ARCHITECTS. PHOTO BY PETER BRENTLINGER

 RON CHEPESIUK – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News

    DeVere Construction Company, Apex, is              time. The school system decided it wanted
a leader in school building construction.The           to convert two floors of the building for use
general contractor completes more than                 by the Holly Grove Elementary School for
$150 million annually in school work. “We              one year until that project was completed
believe the key to success is listening to             adjacent to the high school. “It was a unique
one’s clients,” said Tom Adams, vice presi-            situation that required a significant change
dent for the firm’ s southern division. “We            order,” said Bill Friend, architect with the
work closely with them so we can under -               Raleigh-based Cherry Huffman Architects,
stand their needs and plans for their future.”         who designed the school. “That does not
    Flexibility is an appropriate word to use          happen too often on a school construction
in describing DeVere’s management style.               project.”
The company is not content to do things the                Being a multi-prime project was another
way they have always been done, and when               challenge. The owner signed separate con-
they see an industry trend, the company                tracts with the general contractor and each
moves full speed ahead to embrace it. Two              of the three major subcontractors (mechan-
school construction projects illustrate this           ical, electrical and plumbing) on the project.
point.                                                 “Coordination between the various subcon-
    The 270,755 sq. ft. Holly Springs High             tractors can often be dif ficult, and it be-
School, which opened in September 2006                 comes a challenge to avoid major
was given an EDGE award for Best Project               headaches. The project went smoothly ,                   major environmental trend sweeping the               construction industry resisted it. They were
in Suburban/Rural Environment by the Tri-              though, and was done on time and within                  country’s construction industry.                     uncomfortable with change. But LEED con-
angle Business Journal . DeVere won the                budget,” explained Friend.                                  Opened in August 2007, the $19 million            struction has become an irreversible trend.
honor in the general contracting category In                                                                    facility covers 137,000 square feet, and of-         More and more companies in the construc-
many ways, the project was a typical school            Going Green                                              fers the latest environmental and human              tion industry see the advantages of LEED as
construction project. The three-story high                The Holly Springs High School repre-                  health friendly features. Although the pro-          a way of building without polluting or dam-
school was built from a re-used (prototype)                                                ere
                                                       sents one type of school project DeV has                 ject has not yet received Leadership in En-          aging the environment.”
design, a partnership between the Wake                 done in the past. The Lois Rhame West                    ergy and Environmental Design (LEED)                    As the general contractor for the wellness
County Public School System, the Town of               Health, Physical Education and Wellness                  certification, it has a set a goal of obtaining      center, DeV ere had never worked on a
Holly Springs and Wake County. The chal-               Center at Winthrop University in Rock Hill,                                                        s
                                                                                                                the Silver rating, the second of LEED’ four          LEED project before. DeV ere viewed the
lenge was getting the project completed on                                     ere
                                                       SC, illustrates how DeV has adapted to a                 rating levels measuring building sustain-            project as an opportunity to become a for -
                                                                                                                ability.                                             ward-looking LEED embracing construc-
                                                                                                                   The U.S. Green Building Council has               tion company.
                                                                                                                created the LEED green building rating sys-             “DeVere had the foresight to acknowl-
                                                                                                                tem which seeks to promote design and con-           edge that, at the time, it knew little about
                                                                                                                struction practices that increase ener gy            LEED,” explained Stephanie Cooper, an ar-
                                                                                                                efficiencies and life cycle costs (vs. upfront       chitect with The FWA Group, the architec-
                                                                                                                or just construction costs), while improving         tural firm that designed Winthrop’s wellness
                                                                                                                both the negative environmental impacts of           center. “DeVere hired a consultant (Elm En-
                                                                                                                building’s and the occupant’ s health and            gineering) to help take it through the LEED
                                                                                                                well being. The point system for dif ferent          process. It became a valuable learning ex-
                                                                                                                green features covers everything from site           perience for the company ,” explained
                                                                                                                selection, to water use, to ener efficiency,         Cooper.
                                                                                                                and even interior finishes.                             Winthrop is happy with the work DeV    ere
                                                                                                                   “What we’re seeing in building con-               did, Hardin said. “DeVere did a good job of
                                                                                                                struction is a paradigm shift,” explained            finishing up on time and without any major
                                                                                                                Walter Hardin, Winthrop’s associate vice             glitches. It was a performance changing
                                                                                                                president for facilities. “When LEED build-
                                           COURTESY OF THE FW A GROUP, ARCHITECTS. PHOTO BY PETER BRENTLINGER
                                                                                                                ing construction began, many people in the                                                 Continued on page 8

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                                          West Center had one big challenge:
Teamwork                                  how to dispose of the construction site
Continued from page 7                     waste. “Y ork County (in which                                                     Publisher’s
 learning experience for both DeV ere recycling facility,” Cooper explained.
 as well as Winthrop. We also had
 never done a LEED project before.”
                                          Winthrop is located) doesn’ t have a

                                          “We were able to handle the recy-
                                          cling, but it had to be trucked to Char
                                                                                                          viewpoint                                      By Robert Kruhm

     DeVere learned much about the        lotte, which added to the cost. We
 long-term benefits of LEED con-          took another hit when gas prices went                          New Worker Verification Rules Impact
 struction, Adams revealed. Take en- through the roof, but the intent was to                             Federal Contractors and Subcontractors
 ergy efficiency, for example. “While keep as much material out of the land-
 the owner incurs some costs in the de- fill for the long term benefit to the                                Following President Bush’s June 6 execu-             gration reform, it “questions whether this piece-
 sign phase, the efficiency of the build- community.”                                                    tive order directing federal agencies to require         meal measure will hasten or delay the day when
 ing will prove cost effective over the      Nine months after completing the                            their contractors to use the federal E-Verify sys-       we will see that kind of reform.”
 life of the building,” Adams noted.      West Center, DeVere has incorporated                           tem, the Civilian Agency Acquisition Council                The AGC had a whole laundry list of ques-
     The West Wellness Center is de- many green sustainable features into                                and the Defense Acquisition Regulations Coun-            tions, including “Who is a ‘contractor ’ for the
 signed to use 52 percent less ener gy its subsequent school construction                                cil proposed rules on June 12 to require con-            purposes of the executive order?” “Does it in-
 than a traditionally built facility that projects. For instance, the company                            tractors and subcontractors that perform work            clude all subcontractors?” “Does it include a
 doesn’t meet LEED requirements.          has implemented an indoor air qual-                            on the federal government’ s domestic con-               material supplier?” “Does it include a vendor
 The major features in achieving this ity plan that follows the recom-                                   struction projects to use E-V erify. The proposal        of commercial items?” “What — if any — are
 level of efficiency are the onsite ori- mended design approaches of the                                 would insert a clause in prime contracts for fed-        the procedures and deadlines for employers
 entation of the building and the inte- Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning As-                             eral construction requiring contractors to:              and/or employees to correct the many mistakes
 gration of daylighting and lighting      sociation (SMACNA). DeVere speci-                              — Enroll in E-Verify within 30 calendar days             that even the E-Verify system will inevitably
 controls. “One of the most basic and fies the use of low volatile or ganic                                  of the contract award.                               make?” and, the clincher, “How do employers
 important early decisions we made on compound materials to ensure that                                  — Use E-Verify to verify the employment eli-             avoid getting caught in the middle?”
 the project was orienting the building products releasing certain harmful                                   gibility of all employees assigned to the               NC contractors and subcontractors should
 along an east-west axis,” Cooper ex- chemicals aren’t used.                                                 contract within 30 days of contract award.           ask those same questions. Traditionally, con-
 plained. “This allowed maximum              DeVere also has a waste manage-                             — Verify the employment eligibility of new               tractors had to meet the requirement of the Fed-
 control of the sunlight, which, in turn, ment plan that uses specific contain-                              employees assigned to the contract within            eral Acquisition Regulation which includes a
 had a significant impact on control- ers designed for special waste                                         three days.                                          clause about employees needing to be citizens.
 ling energy costs by allowing us to      products and allows for the ef fective                         — Flow down the same requirements to all                 However with this system, employers did not
 use daylight in lieu of electric lights  recycling of most waste materials.                                 subcontracts on the project that exceed              have to document the findings. Now they do.
 and reduce cooling loads.”                  DeVere and its West Center project                              $3,000.                                                 The June 12 notice states that about 168,000
                                          team were recognized for its vision                                The rule published June 12 in the Federal            federal contractors and subcontractors
 Innovative Pool Earns                    and hard work. Although the project                            Register specifies the conditions under which            would need to enroll 3.8 million employees in
 LEED Points                              hasn’t received a rating from the U.S.                         contractors must take part in E--Verify and the          E-Verify next year. Federal contractors will pay
                                                                                                         likely costs and effect of the rule. Public com-         the bulk of the 10-year , $550 million cost of
                                                                                                         ments are due by August 11.                              implementing E-Verify, including $308 million
                                                                                                             The Associated General Contractors of                for start-up and training costs.
                                                                                                         America (AGC) responded to the President’ s                 Sounds like a brand, spanking new bureau-
                                                                                                         executive order, saying that although the asso-          cracy to interfere with your livelihood.
                                                                                                         ciation is committed to comprehensive immi-


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                                                  HOT DOG!
                                                  25 Years of Making Tracks
                                                  in the Construction Industry
  BEA QUIRK – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News Special Feature

    It’s been an eventful year for Charlotte-basedTyler 2 Construction,
a general contracting firm serving North and South Carolina.
    In April, it was awarded its 2,000th job – a 6148 sq. ft. upfit of new
office space for Ardrey Kell Family Medicine, part of the Carolinas
HealthCare System (CHS), which Tyler 2 has been a preferred ven-
dor for since 1996.
    Then on May 22, Tyler 2 celebrated its 25th anniversary with a
party attended by some 160 staf f and family members, clients, sub-
contractors and supporters.
    President and ‘Big Dog’ Katie Tyler has grown her company with
the philosophy that a general contractor must be innovative, service-
oriented, quality-focused and unrelenting in exceeding customer ex-
pectations. She’s also been willing to take risks.
    She doesn’t see it that way, though. “I’ve always felt I had an ad-
venturesome spirit, rather than being a risk-taker ,” says the woman
who has jumped off high diving platforms and soared through the air
on a high-wire trapeze.
    Still, Tyler admits that when a new opportunity came along to
stretch and expand the company’ s capabilities, she’d tell her staf f,
“We’ll take it and figure it all out later.” Part of the reason she was
confident doing that, she says, was that she always hired people she
trusted and who were knowledgeable in areas she was not.
    People notice. “Katie has surrounded herself with the best people
in the business – and it shows. They are so professional,” comments
Beth Machen of Machen Advisory Group, who has been a client off
and on since the early 1990s.
    In 1998, CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) – for whom Tyler had done
some small upfit projects for a few years – asked her to bid on the
$10-million tenant upfit project for ninefloors totaling 284,000 sq. ft.
within the 19 story 525 North Tryon Street building for Bank of
    “From seeing how they delivered and the honesty that came from
Katie on down, I was confident they could do it, even though this
was a breakthrough for them — a chance to work on bigger -scaled
projects and open new opportunities for them,” says Rick Smith, now
a CBRE managing director, but then project management leader for
the Bank of America account.
    Tyler 2 not only met expectations, but was able to deliver when the
job parameters changed. Six months before occupancy was sched-
uled, Bank of America decided it wanted to move in two months
early. “Tyler 2 was a great team player ,” Smith recalls. “We priori-
tized what needed to be done and they assumed some unplanned re-
sponsibilities from the base building contractor so we all could meet
the client needs.”
    Notes Tyler, “That project leapfrogged us into a whole new level.”
    That willingness – and ability – to do whatever it takes is a hall-
mark of Tyler 2. Mary Cloninger, executive director of Carolina Neu-
rosurgery & Spine Associates, relates that in 2005, Tyler 2 did the
interior upfit for the clinic’s 52,000-square-foot main office. The pro-
ject came in under budget and ahead of schedule, but the weekend be-
fore the doors were to open to patients, she discovered the floors were
too slick.
    “Tyler 2 called in every superintendent on a Sunday to strip and
redo the floors,” Cloninger says. “I know I can always depend on
them. They pay attention to details, they are easy to talk to, and they
address your concerns – they always do the right thing and don’ t
nickel and dime you.” She has used Tyler 2 on nine projects.
    That kind of commitment has helped Tyler 2 become a preferred
vendor for both Bank of America and Wachovia, as well as CHS and
Novant Health and several commercial real estate management and

                                                            Continued on page 10    Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates.
                                                                                                                              PHOTO BY SEAN BUSHER
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                                            our core values of integrity ,
Tyler 2                                     trust and respect. We can
                                                                                Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates – Main Entrance Reception Ar ea
                                                                                PHOTO BY SEAN BUSHER
Continued from page 9                       teach them skills, but you
                                            can’t teach them caring and
development firms. Its repu-                integrity.”
tation has also enabled it to                   Says Tyler, “If you help
enter joint ventures with                   your people achieve their life
large contractors and add site              goals, they will be loyal. And
work and shell construction                 if you show them loyalty and
to its upfitting services. In               appreciation, it becomes
2004, Tyler 2 partnered with                more than just a job for
Charlotte-based FN Thomp-                   them.”
son Construction to build                       Tyler works with subs the
residence halls for Johnson                 same way, and that, too, has
& Wales University in up-                   resulted in tremendous loy-
town Charlotte, a $ 25 mil-                 alty. Says Charlie Brown,
lion project.                               who owns Precision Plumb-
    “It’s all about relation-               ing and has worked with
ships,” says Vice President                 Tyler 2 for about 20 years,
of Operations & ‘Lead Dog’                  “They’re a rare jewel. Their
Lynne Ferretti, who started                 contracts are fair and amica-
with Tyler 16 years ago as a                ble, they pay on time, and        its early years. “Being cer -    she and several other part-      community, and I think the       years she has raised five
project manager . Observes                  they value and appreciate         tified a woman-owned firm        ners formed Inside Moves         community is better off be-      puppies for guide dog ser -
Machen, “They have a won-                   their subs – they even con-       opened doors for us that         Company. The partnership         cause Tyler 2 exists. I en-      vice. It is this passion that in-
derful reputation because                   duct surveys to get ourinput.     would not have been opened       was dissolved in 1987, when      courage my associates to get     spired Tyler 2’s logo.
they treat people right. If                 You’d have to search high         if we had not been certified.    Tyler II was formally incor -    involved.”                           After 25 years in busi-
there is a problem, it just gets            and low to find another           It absolutely worked for us,”    porated. The name was                In August 2005 Tyler 2       ness, Tyler is well-ac-
fixed.”                                     client like Tyler 2.”             she explains. “It gave us a      changed to Tyler 2 in 2003 as    moved into its new facility      quainted with the ups and
    Thanks to that reputation,                  Leonard Burch, who            leg up, but did not get us the   part of a rebranding effort.     on Old Pineville Road de-        downs of the construction in-
about 74% of Tyler 2’s work                 owns Superior Mechanical          business – we walked                “The last thing on my         signed by WGM Design,            dustry – and knows how to
today is repeat business. “W  e             Systems, says, “They are          through the door and then        mind was to be asole propri-     Inc and built by Tyler 2 Con-    survive them. The current
keep our pulse on market                    great people to work with,”       had to do good work and          etor,” T yler acknowledges.      struction. Tyler 2 is cur -      downturn is no exception.
conditions and talk to our                  and praises the firm’s com-       earn it.”                        “But my clients kept me          rently working toward                “We constantly evaluate
clients and bonding compa-                  mitment to excellence and             Tyler was not one of         going. I had an obligation to    LEED certification of the        business levels and have de-
nies to stay ahead of the                   willingness to provide op-        those people who had al-         them. I knew I was going to      building which has many          veloped contingency plans if
game to continually keep the                portunities for minority con-     ways dreamed of running          stay in Charlotte, and I did     “green” building elements.       business drops by 10%, 20%
pipeline full,” Ferretti says.              tractors like him.                their own company . After        not want to sully my name.”      The new building is now          or even 30%,” she notes.
    The focus on relation-                      Tyler knows such oppor -      earning her degree from Rut-        Today, Tyler 2 is known       home for 34 employees and        “Then you have to be ready
ships extends to subcontrac-                tunities are important to         gers University, she worked      not just for integrity in its    on any given day there may       to implement them immedi-
tors and employees. Notes                   women- and           minority-    in a variety of firms – in-      business dealings, but also      be 11 dogs joining their hu-     ately and make sound busi-
Ferretti, “W e hire people                  owned firms as such pro-          cluding an architect’s office    for its community involve-       mans at work. An outdoor         ness decisions. It can be
who understand the con-                     grams were especially             – in the area of retail design   ment. The company spon-          play area for dogs was incor-    tough, but you have to keep
struction business and follow               helpful for her company in        and construction. In 1983,       sors kids’ sports teams, and     porated into the original con-   a positive outlook – the cycle
                                                                                                               has done pro-bono work for       struction of the building.       will turn around. But you
                                                                                                               human services agencies.         “We have a people-friendly       have to be financially con-
    Congratulations Tyler 2 on your 25th Anniversary.                                                          Tyler herself is involved in a   and dog-friendly environ-        servative even in good times
                                                                                                               variety of or ganizations,       ment,” Tyler laughs. One of      and plow money back into
      In recognition of making your mark in the Carolinas construction                                         ranging from the Charlotte       Tyler’s passions is helping      the business so you have a
        industry as a woman founded and owned commercial general                                               Chamber of Commerce to           to train and raise guide dog     war chest for the lean times.
                      construction contracting company.                                                        the Humane Society of            puppies, and one of the dogs         “After all,” she says, “W  e
                                                                                                               Charlotte.                       at Tyler 2 on a daily basis is   are just celebrating Tyler 2’s
                                                                                                                   “I’m really committed to     Tyler’s current puppy-in-        first 25 years.”
                                                                                                               making a dif ference in the      training, Angel. Over the

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Exclusive Interview with FMI’s Hank Harris
 MARK BUCKSHON – The Charlotte/Triangle/Triad Construction News

    How does a management consulting                    The essence of FMI’s growth, then, has
business grow, thrive, and reach nationwide         been its ability to find and attract young
stature - and continue to thrive through            people – and retain them through their ca-
changing circumstances and generations?             reers. This is proving to be the or ganiza-
    These questions were top of mind when           tion’s major challenge now; Harris said,
I interviewed Hank Harris, Jr ., president          noting younger people these days are much
and managing director of FMI Corporation            less willing to commit their lives to work-
in Raleigh.                                         ing in a single organization.
    Writing in a chapter “Business Trends in           The other side of the equation – carless
the Built Environment” in Inside the Minds          risk and unplanned growth – is where FMI
a recently published book, Smith says: “In          clients run into problems.
a nutshell, our company’ s strategy is to              “We did a study on large contractor fail-
grow 10 percent organically. On top of that         ure,” Harris said. “Some things that drive
growth, we have a couple of acquisitions in         that are predictable – but most of the time
the works that should double our business           you can trace it (failure) to trying to do too
in five years.”                                     much, grow too fast, and change the busi-
    FMI has assumed a leadership role in            ness too fast.
management consulting and investment                   “Contractors get infatuated with the vol-
banking for the construction industry, work-        ume of work and it often comes at the ex-
ing with general and subcontractors                 pense of profit,” he said.
throughout the U.S., with of        fices in           Harris said contractors “could do a much          Hank Harris, Jr ., pr esident and managing dir ector of FMI Corporation (right),
Raleigh, Tampa, FL and Denver, CO. FMI              better job of researching the markets and            greets ABC contractors at the T riangle Council luncheon meeting in Raleigh.
now employs 170 people, and a growing               what drives the health of various construc-
portfolio of clients, services, and busi-           tion markets, and how they position their
nesses.                                             business in the markets.                         knowledge. We want to overlap those three           Inside The Minds series, Updating Y our
    I wanted to know from Harris how FMI               “This tends to be a reactive business,”       circles for our clients. That is where we add       Company’s Strategy. In it, Mr. Harris dis-
managed to thrive through the years and             he said. Contractors frequently don’ t run       the most value.                                     cusses how the 55 year -old company he
what he thought the biggest mistakes his            their businesses as proactive as they could.”                                                        leads continues to sustain performance and
clients make.                                          “The other thing (contractors) could do          Hank M. Harris, Jr ., CMC, pr esident            growth in the often turbulent building and
    FMI’s founder, Dr. Emil Fails, an ac-           better is to be very clear throughout their      and managing dir ector of FMI Corpora -             construction industry.
counting professor at North Carolina State          companies on what drives their profitability     tion, is featured in Aspatore Books’ latest
University, started his business as a moon-         and get everyone aligned about how their
lighting operation in 1953 providing small          business makes its money.”
businesses in Raleigh with tax return and              Harris says he enjoys his clients and the
accounting services.                                fact that FMI focuses on the construction
    Many of his first accounting clients –          industry. “People (in the construction in-
and former students – were local subcon-            dustry) are salt of the earth and great peo-
tractors.                                           ple,” he said. “W e feel very fortunate to
    The business evolved. Motivational              have the chance to work with them.”
speaker (and former student) Zig Ziglar was            The knowledge of the business – and
one of Dr. Fail’s students and original em-         deep knowledge of its clients – allows FMI
ployees. Fails inspired people to achieve           to be very effective in investment banking
their best – and his leadership attracted a         and brokering the acquisition and sale of
core of talented young people committed to          construction businesses. FMI, after all, can
excellence (many of whom are still with the         see below the surface in the different busi-
company, or have recently retired.)                 nesses it represents; understanding the man-
    Harris said he joined the firm in the mid       agement strengths, core capacities and
1980’s. He said “we’ve been conservatively          potential of the businesses far better than an
managed for most of our existence.”                 organization or broker not familiar with the
    Of course if Fails and the company he           industry.
developed were too conservative, they                     Harris writes in his chapter “We have
wouldn’t have grown to the sage they are at         three concentric circles that define our
now. Most consulting businesses, of course,         ‘sweet spot.” One is contacts, or relation-
never get far beyond the one-person-band            ships, one is content, or technical knowl-
stage.                                              edge, and one is context, or industry

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Community News                                                                Narmour Wright Cr eech W ins Award
                                                                                  Narmour Wright Creech Architecture, Charlotte, has re-
                                                                                                                                                Tyler 2 Constr uction Personnel Changes
                                                                                                                                                   Tod Hawley has joined Tyler 2 Construction, Charlotte, as
Continued from page 2
––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––                                            ceived a wood-design award from WoodWorks Southeast for           project manager and “guide dog.” Prior to joining Tyler 2,
                                                                              its design of the John JamesAudubon Lodge at The Sanctuary.       Tod was a project manager with R. T. Dooley. Chris Yackel
704-965-2295.                                                                                                                                   has been promoted to Assistant Project Manager.
                                                                              Bayside Engineering Opens Charlotte Of fice
Rowan-Cabarrus CC Of fers Seminar on Becoming a                                  Florida-based Bayside Engineering has opened a Charlotte       Shea Joins Onsite W oodwork Team
GC                                                                            office at 5960 Fairview Road, Suite 400.The firm offers land-         Richard Greene, Charlotte regional manager announced
    Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, Salisbury, is offer-                    development and water-resources engineering services.             Patrick Shea has joined Onsite Woodwork Corp. as an esti-
ing a seminar on what is needed to become a general contrac-                                                                                    mator. Based in Loves Park, IL, the 25-year old manufacturer
tor in NC. The seminar “North Carolinas General Contractor                    KBR Acquir es BE&K Building Gr oup                                                                                 fices in At-
                                                                                                                                                of high-end architectural woodwork has regional of
Licensing, will be held July 17 from 6-8 p.m. at the North                        BE&K Inc, parent company of the BE&K Building Group           lanta and Charlotte.
Campus in Salisbury, building 200, room 251. Jef f Duncan,                    of Charlotte, is being acquired by the Texas engineering and
president of JJ’s Construction Co, Granite Quarry, will serve                 construction company KBR Inc. BE&K Building Group will            Edifice Hires Hall
as the seminar instructor, Registration is $10 To pre-register,               retain its Charlotte headquarters and continue to operate under      Charlotte-based Edifice, Inc. has hired Louis Hall as pro-
contact Jan Corriher       -Smith at 704-216-3514 or                          the same name.                                                    ject superintendent.
                                                                              Wayne Brothers Hir es Goodman                                     Radack and Babb Join Hunter Rober ts
J. F. Schultze Hir es Schr um                                                    Wayne Brothers Inc, the Kannapolis-based concrete ser -           Hunter Roberts Construction Group, Charlotte, has added
    J. F. Schultze Construction, Charlotte, has hired Orvel                   vices company, has hired Alan Goodman as commercial prop-         Kevin Radack as cost engineer and Kathy Babb as director of
Schrum III as a senior estimator.                                             erty development manager.                                         business development.

                                                                                                                                                Blank Promoted at Balfour Beatty
                                                                                                                                                   Bill Blank has been promoted to president of the Balfour
                                                                                                                                                Beatty Construction Southeast commercial group.

                                                                                                                                                David Furman Architectur e Changes Name
                                                                                                                                                   David Furman Architecture has restructured its business
                                                                                                                                                and changed its name to Axiom Architecture. Former associ-
                                                                                                                                                ates Steve Barton, Matt Majors and Colleen Garrett have be-
                                                                                                                                                come owners and managing partners of the firm.

                                                                                                                                                USGBC to Outsour ce LEED Cer tification
                                                                                                                                                   The U. S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has an-
                                                                                                                                                nounced that it will no longer certify buildings. That respon-
                                                                                                                                                sibility will pass to independent, accredited certifiers overseen
                                                                                                                                                by USGBC’s sister nonprofit corporation, the Green Building
                                                                                                                                                Certification Institute (GBCI). GBCI has administered the
                                                                                                                                                LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP) program since
                                                                                                                                                January 2008. USGBC has struggled over the years with cus-
                                                                                                                                                tomer service for LEED users, and this change should be wel-
                                                                                                                                                come news on that front. For more information:

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